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Gum disease often goes unnoticed in its early stages. But if left untreated, gum disease not only lead to loose teeth, receding gums and bad breath, but respiratory infections, complications for diabetes, and increased risks of heart attack, stroke and even dementia. The some of the symptoms of gum disease include tender, swollen and bleeding gums, or gums that are bright red in color.

Your dentist may suggest that you spend more time brushing and flossing. If you do use tobacco, your dentist will ask you to quit. Tobacco has been linked to different forms of cancer, respiratory problems, and gum disease. Your dentist may prescribe medication to fight your gum disease, or surgery may be required if your problem is very severe. In its earliest stages, your dentist may use a process called scaling and root planing, also called a deep cleaning. The dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline, and then clean and smooth the roots of your tooth.

The best treatment for gum disease is prevention; and the best prevention is brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. During your visit, your dentist will remove the plaque you may have missed while brushing, and will check your mouth and teeth for cavities, gum disease and other problems. Even if you don’t have any problems with your gums, dental visits are a key part of maintaining your oral health. Our dentist, Dr. Jade Moellendorf will be happy to give you a cleaning and an exam. If you would like to schedule an appointment at iSmile in Salt Lake City, Utah, call 855-438-4764 today and get started on a lifetime of great smiles!