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You may already know that flossing and brushing are important if you’re hoping to keep your smile strong and healthy. You may also know that you should try to schedule appointments with our team twice a year. However, would it surprise you to learn that doing these things may not always be enough to help you prevent gum disease? To make matter worse, gum disease might be hard to recognize from home.

Luckily, our dentist and our team will be able to help you identify these issues, which is just one reason we suggest scheduling two appointments with us every year. You see, while you are eating, plaque will form on and around your teeth. If this filmy substance is not removed, it will eventually harden into tartar. Unfortunately, tartar must be removed by a dental professional if you’re hoping to remove it safely. In fact, if you try to remove it by yourself, you could damage your teeth and gums.

Even though gum disease may be difficult to diagnose, there are a few symptoms and signs that you can watch for. For instance, swollen, bleeding, or tender gums can all be signs that you are suffering from gum disease. If you notice any of these problems, you could have fairly advanced gum disease. Furthermore, if gum disease is left alone, you could eventually need an extraction.

If you are interested in learning more about dealing with gum disease in Seattle, Washington, we’ll be happy to help. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Linh Nguyen, we invite you to give Best Dentistry a call at 206-783-3000. We’ll be happy to offer you individualized advice. We look forward to receiving your call.