We often talk about our teeth, for example, what it takes to keep them bright and free of cavities. But our gums are an essential part of our smile, and when they recede or become diseased with periodontal issues, this could lead to tooth loss and serious complications for your smile. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, dentist will answer questions about periodontal disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Question: What causes gum recession?

Answer: Gum recession occurs when the gums become irritated or inflamed, moving away from the teeth. The teeth can appear long, and the exposed periodontal pockets could increase the risk of periodontal disease. For some, recession is a result of brushing teeth too hard, which irritates the gum tissue. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help. Inflammation, which can be caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking and tobacco use, family history, and certain illnesses or medications, may also lead to receding gingival tissue.

Question: When should I see my dentist about gum disease?

Answer: You should talk to us if you notice any changes to your gum tissue. For example, bleeding when you brush or floss, soreness and redness, or receding tissues, could all indicate gingivitis and gum disease. We also suggest regular checkups and cleanings every six months, as these visits allow us to watch your smile for warning signs of periodontal issues, offering treatment to manage the problem and protect your smile.

Question: What dangers will periodontal problems cause?

Answer: Without treatment, gum disease could continue to grow worse until it reaches the advanced stage, known as periodontitis. The advanced stage could cause the tissues connecting the teeth and gums to dissolve, leading to tooth loss. Don’t let discomfort develop and tooth loss impact your smile’s health and appearance, talk to our team about possible treatment options!

Question: How do we protect our smile’s health?

Answer: Regular homecare can help protect your smile. You should brush (gently) with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day, and be sure you use a fluoridated toothpaste. You also need to floss before going to bed, which removes the bits of food trapped between teeth or along the gumline. Finally, make sure you find time to see us for checkups and cleanings, which help us monitor and manage your smile’s health. If you have any questions about your gum health, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact or team today!

Do You Need an Exam?

If you have sore or bleeding gums, then talk to our team about possible treatments. For more information on improving oral health, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).