Most people tend to think more about the state of their teeth than the health of their gums, but the two are obviously connected, and the fact is that gingivitis and periodontal disease are the most frequent causes of lost teeth. Even worse, gum problems can have a seriously adverse impact on an individual’s overall health, increasing the risk of heart disease and other serious health threats. At Smile Boutique Beverly Hills, we want patients to understand the signs that point to periodontal problems and to understand that there’s a lot that can be done to treat all types of gum disease.

Gum Care Basics

The first and most important aspect of caring for your gums is basic dental hygiene, i.e., regular and thorough brushing and flossing. The next important thing is to keep a close eye on your gums to look for any of the following signs of possible trouble. These may include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Gum pain
  • Gums that look swollen or unusually red
  • Discharge from gums
  • Loosening of teeth or any unusual change in their appearance
  • Receding gums (appearing to separate from teeth)

If you see any of these symptoms, contact your dentist immediately and tell her about your situation.  After a thorough examination, she will suggest any of a number of steps, from deep cleaning to oral surgery, that will typically be able to restore the health of gums as well as teeth.

Preventing Periodontal Issues

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the case of periodontal issues that means thorough and regular (twice daily) brushing and flossing. It also means regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings to deal with plaque and other issues that even the most thorough individual will usually miss.

Whether you are concerned about possible periodontal issues, or want to make sure you avoid them entirely, it’s up to you to maintain a relationship with a qualified dentist. If you have not had a dental appointment within the last six months or longer, now is the time to get started.

Getting Started with Smile Boutique Beverly Hills

The team of widely respected dentists and oral care professionals at Smile Boutique Beverly Hills are looking forward to providing you with first rate dental care. To get started with outstanding dental and periodontal care in Beverly Hills, call us at the number on this page, or reach out to us via e-mail through our contact page.