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Do you brush and floss your teeth twice a day every day? Do you wonder if there’s anything else you should do if you’re hoping to keep your teeth healthy and strong? If so, we highly recommend scheduling regular appointments with our team. During these regular checkups, we’ll gladly inspect your teeth for issues you may not be able to recognize on your own—including gum disease.

Of course, there are several signs you can watch for. Bleeding gums are a common symptom you should watch for. While you may have heard that you should expect your gums to bleed when you brush or floss, this actually isn’t accurate. Bleeding gums can be a sign of brushing too hard or with a frayed brush. Your gums may also bleed if you started flossing recently after not flossing for some time. If your gums are bleeding for any other reason, we recommend contacting our team as soon as you can.

If you have gum disease, you may have to deal with issues like frequent bad breath and tender and sensitive gums. Unaddressed gum disease can also lead to issues like shifting teeth and even tooth loss. If you’re worried about gum disease, there are several things you could consider doing. If your gum disease isn’t too severe, you may be able to reverse it from home simply by brushing and flossing your teeth as well as you should. If your gum disease is slightly worse, you’ll need to visit our team so we can assess your gums and give your personalized advice.

If you’re interested in learning more about the care you can receive from our team, or about dealing with gum disease in Livermore, California, we invite you to contact Smiles Unlimited at 925.344.5757. Our dentist, Dr. Rakhi Jani, and the rest of our team will gladly offer you personalized advice and help you keep your teeth strong. We’re eager to meet with you.