Better Oral Health Includes Caring for Your Gums

Your gums play a vital role in protecting your smile. Your periodontal tissue provides support for your teeth and shields the roots of your teeth from harmful bacteria. When your gums become infected, the pockets between your gums and your teeth can grow. This can allow plaque and tartar to build up in those spaces, which can cause problems:

  • Gingivitis – This is a mild form of gum disease. Typically, its symptoms include gums that appear red or swollen. You may also notice bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth with this condition.
  • Periodontitis – This is advanced gum disease. You may notice gum recession, persistent bad breath, and loose teeth at this stage.

We perform periodontal exams as part of our preventive dental care. After all, the best way to keep your smile healthy is to take steps to avoid problems. For patients with a history of chronic gum health issues, regular periodontal care can make a big difference in preserving their healthy smiles.

Call 256-274-8680 or schedule online to schedule a perio checkup in Decatur, AL. At River Oaks Dental Care, you can keep your teeth and your gums in great shape.