They say the early bird gets the worm (which doesn’t sound like a great prize!) but we know the early discovery and diagnosis of gum disease is a tremendous benefit to oral health. One of the benefits of regular check ups and cleanings in Conroe, TX is having expert eyes on your teeth and gums every six months or so. Not only can we clean away tartar, we can help you catch gum disease before it progresses.
What You Might Notice at Home
Between appointments, you might notice some changes in your mouth that cause you concern. Take a few weeks to step up your home brushing and flossing routine, and see if that makes a difference. When infection initially invades the area at and just under the gum line you may be able to clean it out by diligent and gentle brushing and flossing. However, don’t wait too long before calling our helpful team with questions. If you see these signs, then gum disease may be progressing:
Change in gum color: Healthy gums are a pinkish color. If gums are paler or darker than usual, we want to see you so we can talk about dental procedures that might help.
Change in firmness: Healthy gums are firm when pressed, not mushy or tender to the touch. If a lump or bump arises in the gums, let us know. We screen for oral cancer at every checkup, and between checkups if an issue arises.
You are seeing more of your teeth: Gums naturally recede somewhat over the years, but unhealthy gums can recede more quickly, showing more of the tooth root and making each tooth appear longer
Dentures fit differently: Gum disease can cause gums to swell or recede, meaning the tradition dentures may fit differently
It feels different when you bite or chew: Gum disease can make teeth looser, or allow them to shift slightly. If something feels different when you bite or chew, choose one of our convenient appointment times so we can help you know what is going on.
If You Suspect Early Gum Disease, Give Us A Call
You know your mouth better than anyone, and if things are feeling, or looking a bit off, it would be good to consult with an expert. Come in for a visit in Conroe, TX by scheduling a visit with the Dental Centre of Conroe by calling (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and the neighboring communities.