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Gum Health Tips During National Gum Disease Awareness Month

Gum Health Tips During National Gum Disease Awareness Month

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) —February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month, but being aware of gum disease is something we can do year-round.

Gum disease, or “periodontal disease” is basically an infection in your gums due to bacteria. Some causes of gum disease include:
-poor oral hygiene
-plaque buildup
-hormonal change
-genetic predisposition

Director of Dental Hygiene for Full Smile Dental, Jessica Guerrero, RDH, says that in the early stages of gum disease, you may not have any symptoms but some include:
-swollen or bleeding gums
-persistent bad breath
-receding gums
-loose teeth
-gum sensitivity

Guerrero says if you see signs of gum disease, make sure you reach out to your dentist’s office. If you don’t get treatment you could lose teeth, have bone damage, experience dental implant rejection or complications, and have other systemic health issues.

She says to prevent it, here are some tips:
-brush twice a day, floss once, and get a good mouth rinse
-have regular checkups and dental cleanings
-consider getting “OraCare” products at Full Smile Dental after your appointment

If you already have gum disease, Full Smile Dental has a specialist who can help. You can contact them at the below.
Dr. Ivette Plata-Full Smile Dental Periodontist
(806) 699-6111

If you’d like to become a patient of Full Smile Dental, they have locations in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart, Dumas, and more. Contact the below to see your closest location.
Full Smile Dental
(806) 641-1373