Posts for: March, 2017

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
March 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   periodontics  

Are you worried about your puffy gums, loose teeth or bad breath?gum disease

If so, it’s time to give Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH, a call.

The fact is, puffy gums could be a sign of developing gum disease – a condition you want to eliminate as quickly as possible. Gum disease, which is caused by bacteria that also causes plaque and tartar on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth and bone loss. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and even prevented.

The American Dental Association notes that gum disease starts as a condition called gingivitis, which is characterized by the red, swollen, tender gums; if left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, which can cause serious problems.

Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. According to the ADA, people with poor oral health habits, people with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, and people taking certain medications can be more susceptible to gum disease. Your Nashua dentist can help you come up with a plan to head off gum disease before it gets serious.

The ADA suggests regular oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and regular visits/checkups with a qualified dentist such as Dr. LaRocque.

Don’t ignore these signs of gum disease:

  • Persistent, severe bad breath
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender, painful gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away or receded from your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Change in bite alignment
  • Discoloration

If you live in Nashua, NH, and suspect you might have gum disease, make an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today. For more information call 603-883-6010.