Dental hygiene should be taught from an incredibly young age. You’ve probably been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember. What we were taught was that brushing keeps our teeth white and our breath fresh, but we rarely focus on how it reduces the chances of getting gum disease.

Regular dental hygiene such as brushing, flossing, regular check-ups and mouth wash are easy ways to reduce your chance of ever getting gum disease. Signs and symptoms of gum disease can be spotted quickly and easily, allowing you to take action as soon as possible. Some of the more common signs and symptoms of gum disease are:

Red, swollen or tender gums.

This sign is one that people often find when brushing their teeth too hard or after not flossing for a while. Gums swell quickly and are often tender. This is not always a sign of gum disease, it may simply signify that you need to floss or brush more regularly, that way your gums have time to get used to these actions, but also so that they have time to get the plaque build up cleaned out.

Bleeding while brushing or flossing.

This happens often when you don’t floss regularly and is due to the plaque build up between teeth. Teeth may also bleed when eating hard foods such as apples. The best way to tackle this sign is to spend more time on brushing and flossing to ensure that as much plaque as possible is cleaned out. Mouthwash is the finishing touch, killing any remaining germs and getting in between your teeth, to the root of your gums.

Receding gums.

This sign is one that most people are not aware of. If your gums start to pull away from your teeth and you can see your teeth looking longer than they used to, there is a chance that you may have gum disease. This sign is one that needs to be tackled by a professional. If you notice this happening, call your dentist and have them refer you to your next steps of action.

Of course, routine dentist visits and thorough cleanings are key to keeping both your gums and teeth as healthy as possible. Schedule your comprehensive, compassionate and friendly dental care visit by calling the Sterling dental clinic team and start protecting your gums right away.