Gum Disease Awareness Month

February is a month where the signature color seems to be red in honor of Valentine’s Day. The decor and decorations in stores and restaurants are full of red and hearts. One place where it is concerning if you see red is your gums. Red and swollen gums can be an indication that you have gum disease. February is recognized as Gum Disease Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about the prevalence of the disease and the lasting effects that it can have if left untreated. Gum disease affects more than half of American adults, so there is a chance that you or a loved one may suffer from this condition at some point in your life.

Why Are Your Gums Bleeding?

Have you noticed that you see pink or red when you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth? If so, you are experiencing bleeding gums. If you notice this from time to time, we would suggest mentioning it during your next oral hygiene examination. However, if bleeding gums are a regular problem, it can indicate a problem with your oral health. Bleeding gums can be caused by:

Tips To Help Relax Before Your Next Appointment

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we do all we can to help our patients feel relaxed and comfortable while in our office. We know that dental anxiety and fear are very real emotions for some of our patients. We never want your feelings to get in the way of receiving the dental care you need. Delaying routine cleanings and recommended treatments can lead to serious complications with your oral health. It will lead to the need for more extensive or additional treatments, which means more time in our office. We want to share some tips to help you relax before and during your appointment:

Bad Habits That Harm Oral Health

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we want our patients to have optimal oral health. This is one of the reasons we are so passionate about routine dental care and treating problems in your mouth in a timely fashion. While we do everything we can to help your oral health, you may be unintentionally causing harm to your teeth and mouth. These are bad habits that can cause serious problems for your oral health:

Spring Cleaning – Is It Time For A Visit?

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we often stress the importance of maintaining regular oral hygiene examinations to ensure you have optimal oral health. Now that spring has arrived, there is no better time to schedule your next visit. If it has been longer than four to six months since your last visit, now is the perfect time to contact our office. Spring is a popular time to deep clean and organize your home, and we think it is a great time to get your teeth cleaned by a professional.

Stress And The Effect On Oral Health

At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we truly care about your oral and overall health. There is one issue that can negatively impact your oral and overall health — stress. Whether it is caused by your career or life circumstances, stress can lead to serious health issues. Stress can also cause problems with your oral health and lead to dental treatments in the future.