During the holiday season, we tend to try and focus on more things than we normally do throughout the year. Whether it’s looking for that perfect gift for friends and family, going to holiday parties at the office and different homes, and – for those with children – keeping track of when their holiday programs are. As a result, other things in life might slip a little bit.
Overindulging in sweets or other snack foods and drinks happens – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, something you need to pay attention to is how all of this is affecting your oral health. While you are probably doing a great job most of the time brushing, flossing, and seeing Dr. Kern and her team twice a year, you may wind up skipping these important parts of your life – even if they have been ingrained into your routine.
While forgetting once or twice won’t cause gum disease, it’s the bacteria already in your mouth that’s the culprit. If you begin to wonder about why you’re suddenly trying to cover bad breath when you’ve never had to worry about it before, you should look for other symptoms of gingivitis, an early indicator of possible gum disease.
An early symptom of gingivitis is chronic bad breath caused by bacteria on your teeth and gums. Brushing and mouthwash may not cover up bad breath. However, other symptoms may be present. If you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums painful to the touch, or pain while chewing, consider visiting Dr. Kern for a check up to see if you have signs of gingivitis. We can help develop a comprehensive dental plan to get you back to your optimum oral health before things become more serious.
When gingivitis gets worse, it becomes periodontitis, which includes those symptoms above, but can also include loose teeth, sensitive teeth, and teeth that move in your mouth. This creates changes in your bite. If this isn’t resolved, advanced cases can cause tooth loss and damage to the bones.
Bacteria in your mouth can travel to other parts of your body through the bloodstream and affect your overall health. This is why it is important to address any changes you notice in your mouth as soon as you can. We understand this is a busy season for many of our patients. And we can answer any concerns you may have over the phone, but it is best for you to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience so we can get to the bottom of where the issues lay.
If you are concerned about any of the symptoms leading to gum disease, and would like to set up an appointment, contact Eddie today at 831-372-8011 at Dr. Kern’s office. Dr. Kern’s dental office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940.