Here’s the bad news for Fort Worth residents: Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. And here’s the good news: This problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages.
So, what should Fort Worth, and Arlington dental patients be looking for?
1. Gums that bleed very easily
2. Gums that appear tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
3. Your bite changes or your teeth suddenly don’t seem to fit together
4. Gums that are pulling away from the teeth
5. A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
Hopefully, you are not experiencing any of these things. If you are not removing plaque between your teeth, however, your gums are at risk. Brushing alone is not enough – make sure you floss daily.
Regular check-ups with your Arlington TX, or Fort Worth area dentist is another essential weapon in the fight against gum disease.
I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff of Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. My practice serves the Arlington TX, and Fort Worth areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and want them to have a healthy and attractive smile. Many of our patients wonder if a smile makeover is right for them. If you’d like to know, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look!
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Contact us at 817-274-7875 and a member of our warm and friendly staff can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you might have about veneers, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and more.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/a/gum_warnings.htm, accessed on July 25, 2013