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By now you are likely well aware that healthy gums don’t happen by chance. Not only that, but your gums are as valuable as healthy teeth for an attractive smile. Indeed, your gums perform a vital function as they actively surround and support your pearly whites.

And yet, gum disease, or periodontal disease, is one of the biggest factors in tooth loss for adults. Because gum disease can be painless, you may not even be aware that you have it unless you are maintaining routine dental visits.  So what should you look for? Symptoms may include swollen or red, tender gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, persistent bad breath and receding gums.

What causes gum disease? The main cause of gum disease is plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day on your teeth. This is why you brush and floss every day, as it removes plaque and prevents it from hardening. Once plaque hardens, you will need to have it professionally removed by Dr. J. Whitley Wills.

Putting a stop to gum disease can as simple as detecting it early, and at this stage, it is usually reversible. This is why routine dental visits are so important. In the early stages, treatment includes stepping up your oral hygiene routine–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once–followed by a professional dental cleaning.

For advanced gum disease, depending on how far it has advanced, Dr. J. Whitley Wills may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

Are you concerned about your gums? If so, please call 901-726-9525 today. At Dr. J. Whitley Wills in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. J. Whitley Wills and our team are ready to help you maintain your healthy smile!