Your gum health is an integral part of maintaining an overall healthy smile. When the gums are damaged, patients may experience complex dental issues such as tooth loss, infection, and shifting teeth. Finding healthy ways to improve your gum health may help minimize your risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease is a common oral health concern that causes an infection in the gums and may lead to advanced dental concerns if left untreated.
Common signs of gum disease:
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
- Receding Gums
- Bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Dr. Sara Gotwalt and Dr. John Gotwalt are experienced, trusted dentist in Lititz, PA. If you suspect you may have gum disease or you haven’t visited the dentist for a gum disease screened, we encourage you to visit our Lititz dental office. To schedule an appointment, call 717-220-4651 or schedule an appointment online.
Improve Your Gum Health
- Take the time to brush and floss your teeth every day. Brushing and flossing every day can remove harmful bacteria, freshen the breath, and reduce plaque buildup. Plaque buildup can lead to inflammation of the gums, and may even lead to gum disease. Practicing a healthy oral hygiene routine can help reduce your risk of developing complex dental issues.
- Quit smoking and tobacco use. Smoking and tobacco use may increase your risk of developing gum disease. Talk to you doctor about finding safe, effective ways to stop smoking.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for preventive care exams. Dr. Gotwalt recommends that patients visit our Litiz dental office for a full comprehensive home and professional dental cleaning. During your visit, Dr. Gotwalt can examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of dysfunction. If further treatment is needed, Dr. Gotwalt can create a custom treatment plan based on your needs.
Achieving healthier gums requires patients to practice healthy oral health habits and diligence. If you have any questions about improving your gum health, please contact our Lititz dental office. Dr. Sara Gotwalt and Dr. John Gotwalt can work with you to help you make informed decisions regarding your oral health.