Healthy Gums: The Foundation of Your Smile

Healthy gums are one of the most important factors for optimal oral health as well as good physical health and wellness. The gums not only support your teeth but also prevent bacteria from passing into the bloodstream from the mouth. Do you have healthy gums?

Recognizing the Signs of Gum Disease

Dr. Hall and our dental care team often surprise patients with the news they have gum disease. This is because early-stage gum disease or gingivitis can go undetected if you do not know the signs to look for.

There are a few common signs that gum disease is developing and if you notice one or more, we recommend scheduling a dental appointment with Dr. Hall. It is also important to know that gum disease is progressive and will continue to develop if left untreated. Prompt periodontal treatment in the early stages of gingivitis can often mean that conservative and less invasive treatment options will be effective.

Signs to watch for include:

  • Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing daily
  • Red or swollen gums; irritated gum tissue
  • Receding gums

Generally, any change in the appearance of the gums or a noticeable change in sensitivity to temperature should warrant a dental are visit.

Treating Gum Disease

Dr. Hall can provide comprehensive periodontal therapy for the stages and effects of gum disease in our Williamsburg dental office. Treatment for gum disease is personalized to the needs of the patient and is designed to address symptoms as well as the underlying cause.

Our dental care team takes the time to understand any lifestyle habits that are impacting your gum health. We take the time to discuss your overall physical health and may ask questions regarding medications and medical conditions, both of which can sometimes affect gum health. Understanding your overall needs allows us to recommend the best possible treatments to resolve symptoms and restore the health of your smile.