My gums are tender. When should I contact a dentist?
The sooner a dentist is able to treat the problem, the better chance you will have of getting through the process as quickly as stress free as possible. In fact, if gingivitis is detected soon enough, it can be treated with minimal care at a dental office or even with good dental care at home. The problem may not be as bad as you think, so there is no reason to wait any longer to contact a dentist.
I missed my six-month cleaning. Now what?
If you have missed your most recent cleaning and examination, then it is important to reschedule it as soon as possible. Gum disease and other problems can quickly take hold, so it is wise to visit your dentist at your first chance so your teeth and gums can be thoroughly examined to make sure that there are no signs of gum disease or tooth decay.
How can I prevent gum disease?
In order to best prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other common dental problems, it is crucial to floss at least once a day, brush at least twice a day, use a mouthwash whenever possible, and visit the dentist at least once every six months. Some people can also benefit from using an electronic toothbrush, which can provide a deeper cleaning on a daily basis.
Is periodontal disease contagious?
While dental issues are not usually contagious, the bacteria that caused the problem can be spread through saliva. If you have a problem with your teeth or gums, keep in mind that such small things as kissing a baby or sharing utensils with a family member can spread the disease-causing bacteria.
What makes a periodontist different?
A periodontist has additional training and qualifications necessary to help effectively diagnose, treat, and prevent gum disease and periodontal disease.