Millions of people lose teeth every year, yet much of that loss could be prevented.

Gum disease is one of the most common causes of that tooth loss. You can take steps to fight gum disease, including visiting Summit Dental for routine checkups.

Since February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, we wanted to share some things that everyone should know when it comes to periodontal care.

1. You Need to Do More Than Brush

Brushing your teeth should be part of your daily oral care routine. However, you also need to clean between your teeth and gums. To do that, you need to use dental floss, flossers, or water flossers to clean those hard-to-reach places.

2. Look Out for Signs of Trouble

First, know that healthy gums don’t bleed, look pink, and feel firm. Second, learn to recognize the symptoms of a gum infection:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Loose teeth

3. Take Action to Treat Your Problem

If you see signs of periodontal disease, you should visit us as soon as possible for gum disease treatment. Also, remember to visit us for regular checkups. Professional cleanings can stop gum infections before they start. Exams can catch infections in the early stages, when treatment is easier.

Call Summit Dental at 201-366-7001 for our Hackensack office to schedule an appointment, or call at 201-347-1417 for our Tenafly office to schedule.