Newport News Dentist
At Peninsula Dental Care, we know that gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize. Most patients do not recognize bleeding and swollen gums as precursors to gum disease. This month, September 2017, a national campaign is under way to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease. Peninsula Dental Care wants to help spread the word.
Per Dr. Pham and Dr. Becker, early recognition and action are the most important steps to health gums and ultimately a health body. Dental studies are published every year, linking oral health, including the gum health, to other areas of the body such as your heart and blood vessels. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease.
Here are the signs that you can watch for:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that feel tender
- Gums that bleed easily, especially during brushing or flossing
- Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or halitosis
- Loose teeth
- Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position
If you happen to notice any of these signs with you, your child or family members, please schedule an appointment at our convenient Newport News office. Dr. Pham, Dr. Becker and our team can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your daily oral hygiene habits.
12821 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608