April 19, 2024


by Dr. Michel Azer

Gum disease can be a big problem for the mouth and even cause health issues in other parts of the body. One reason why gum disease is so problematic is because many people have gum disease and do not even know it. Cavities can send you reeling in pain but, by contrast, gum disease isn’t always associated with pain more than bothered or inflamed gums. But don’t brush gum disease off so easily. If left unattended, gum disease can lead to bleeding gums, loss of bone, and eventually loss of teeth. So be sure to keep your regular appointments with your dentist! It's invaluable to have another set of eyes checking for signs of gum disease. Catching gum disease early can minimize the damage and infected areas in your mouth. You may ask yourself, “What should I do if I find out I have gum disease?” Fortunately, your dentist has a plan for gum disease and will immediately begin implementing that plan to treat your mouth.


Before you go down the road of treating gum disease, first you need to determine that you have it. Having a dentist or dental hygienist looking for gum disease in your mouth at regular appointments is the best way to go. But you can also be looking for signs of gum disease on your own. A few signs to look for are

  • Red or Swollen Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Receding Gums Showing the Tooth’s Root
  • Growing Spaces between Teeth
  • Loose Teeth

Make an Appointment

If you suspect that you have gum disease, the first thing you should do is make an appointment with your dentist. Bacteria can thrive in tartar, or calculus, that accumulates on the backs or between teeth or anywhere that the tooth brush doesn’t get to easily. Your dentist or hygienist will give your teeth a deep cleaning if needed to eliminate areas where bacteria grow. After a thorough examination, your dentist will be able to make a personal plan of action for your oral health.

Stop the Spread

If you see signs of gum disease and you have made your appointment to see your dentist, stop the spread of the gum disease by making a salt water mouth wash or by purchasing an over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwash. This can make your gums less inflamed and feel better while killing bacteria in your mouth.


If you notice that your gums are receding or pulling away from the tooth, be careful when brushing. Rigorous brushing or strong bristled strokes toward the gums can irritate the gums and make the receding worse. Continuing to brush is of the utmost importance. But being gentle while brushing, even getting a soft bristle toothbrush, can keep your teeth clean without hurting your gums.

Gum disease, whether gingivitis or periodontitis, can be bad news for your mouth. But, thankfully, a quick call to your dentist can get you on track for treating your gum disease. If you are in the Coralville area and you suspect you have gum disease, give Coral West Dental a call today!

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