Maroubra Family Dental

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The only way to know for sure that your gums are healthy is with a dental check-up. In fact, gum health is one of the main reasons we recommend visiting your Maroubra Junction, NSW every six months for check-ups and cleans.

Gum disease is an insidious condition that often sneaks up on people with no symptoms—until the disease has become more serious. In its earliest stages, we can often reverse gum disease with a deep cleaning. Once it has progressed, however, many times the best we can expect is to manage the disease.

Signs you might have gum disease include:

  • Blood in the sink after brushing and flossing
  • Gums that feel tender and look swollen
  • Teeth that suddenly develop an elongated look as the infected gum tissue pulls away
  • Pockets of pus around the gum line

In its later stages, you might notice some of your teeth feel loose—and you might even start to lose teeth. In fact, many people don’t realize that gum disease is responsible for many adults who lose their teeth.

The best way to protect the gums—as well as your overall oral health—is to see your dentist for routine check-ups and cleans. We invite you to contact our Maroubra Junction, NSW dental clinic to arrange an appointment.

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