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Did you know that your gums are an important part of your oral health because they surround and support your teeth? Or that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is one of the biggest factors in tooth loss for adults? Because gum disease itself can be painless, unless you are maintaining routine dental visits, you may not even be aware that you have it.

The main culprit behind gum disease is plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day on your teeth. You can remove it through daily brushing and flossing to prevent it from hardening into tartar. Once plaque hardens, it will need to be removed professionally by Dr. Ernesto Prida and our team.

To treat gum disease, you will need to see Dr. Ernesto Prida as soon as possible. Early treatment can stop it in its tracks and even reverse. In the early stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis, and signs to look out for include red, swollen and bleeding gums. Treatment at this stage includes stepping up your oral hygiene routine; brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once, followed by a professional dental cleaning.

Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, leads to the loss of gum tissue and bone which support the teeth. Eventually, the teeth will begin to shift in the mouth. If periodontitis is not treated it you may lose teeth. Not only can you lose teeth, your bite can change so that your teeth do not fit together when you bite and chew, and even change the way partial dentures fit.

To ensure your healthy gums, make routine, professional dental checkups and exams a priority for your oral health. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, Dr. Ernesto Prida may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.

For more information, or to schedule your next visit, please call 956-627-3446 today. At A Plus Smiles in Edinburg, Texas, Dr. Ernesto Prida and our team are happy to help you achieve your healthiest smile yet!