February 21, 2019
You’re getting ready to head out for the evening. You’ve showered. Your outfit is ready to go, but before you put it on, you want to brush your teeth. (Don’t want to risk getting any toothpaste on your shirt.)
As you start scrubbing, you notice something caught in your teeth. The toothbrush isn’t doing anything to move it. So, you grab some dental floss. It’s been a while since you used it, but you know it will get rid of whatever that is between your teeth.
As you’re flossing, you can’t help noticing something else. Your gums are bleeding. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s not exactly a great look. What does it mean?
Well, bleeding gums are an early symptom of gum disease. It’s also a reason to make flossing a daily activity and to schedule a visit to Appalachian Dental Care.
Call our office in Boone, NC at 828-355-5673 to make an appointment soon.
Don’t Let Things Get Worse
Your gums may look red and swollen, and they may bleed when you brush and floss. That happens when someone has gingivitis, which most people will get at some point in their lives.
With a little work, your gums can get back to the healthy pink appearance and firm feeling that they should have.
If you don’t do anything at this stage gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, which an advanced form of gum disease. It’s also something nearly half of Americans over 30 have, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The symptoms for periodontitis include persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and sore and tender gums. We do want to point out that many people never experience pain as a result of gum disease. This could be why many people don’t seek periodontal treatment until their teeth are gone. Gum disease is the top cause of lost teeth in the United States.
Our hope is that you will seek help at the early signs of a gum infection, so it never puts your smile at risk.
Do Something Good For Your Gums
Treating periodontitis can be done. It does require more than brushing, flossing, and getting regular dental cleanings, however.
The first step is often a procedure known as scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning for your mouth. We remove plaque and tartar that has formed on the roots of your teeth. Then we smooth the surface of the teeth. That makes it easier for your gums to reattach to your teeth.
In addition, you may receive an antibiotic. This could be a pill, a mouthrinse, or a gel. This helps to kill any harmful bacteria that may remain, and it reduces your risk of reinfection as you heal.
After your treatment is complete, it’s more important to follow up with regular checkups and to make sure you are practicing good oral care at home.
If you develop chronic gum disease, you also should be aware that you may need more frequent cleanings than other patients.