If you visit our Lakewood, Colorado office every six months for a professional checkup and cleaning, you may notice that Dr. Levitin tests your gum line. The main reason he does this is to make sure your gums are in good shape and look for early signs of gum disease. Since gum disease is a serious condition that can progress quickly, early detection is crucial.
When Dr. Levitin tests your gum line, he’ll look for bleeding, tender, red, swollen, receding gums as these are some of the most common signs of gum disease. He’ll also look for loose teeth, sensitive teeth, and teeth that appear longer.
If he sees any signs of gum disease, he’ll design a customized treatment plan and tell you to take great care of your teeth and gums at home. You’ll need to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss on a regular basis to remove plaque between your teeth, and quit smoking if you currently smoke.
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to infections and tooth loss. Believe it or not, it can also increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and birth defects in pregnant women. The next time Dr. Levitin test your gum line, you’ll know exactly why he’s doing so and be able to find out whether your gums are in their optimal condition.
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If you’d like further details on gum disease and why Dr. Levitin may test your gum line, call our office today at (720) 239-1916.