Have you noticed blood on your toothbrush? Do your gums hurt after brushing and flossing? If you have experienced these symptoms, you might have gum disease. Gum disease affects about 80% of the population in the United States and if left untreated, can have disastrous effects on your oral health. If you have noticed that your gums bleed during flossing or brushing, we urge you to schedule a checkup with our one of our dentists. Our team offers insight on gum disease and tips for preventing it.
Gum Disease and Your Oral Health
Bleeding gums is one of the most common symptoms of periodontal (gum) disease. Your gums are an integral part of the oral health system. They help support your teeth and protect the roots of your teeth from plaque and tartar. Gum disease occurs when gingival tissue becomes irritated or inflamed. Most patients with gum disease do not practice proper oral hygiene. While improper oral hygiene accounts for many cases of gum disease, other factors contribute to this condition. For example, hormonal fluctuations and common health conditions like diabetes are also factors in the development of gum disease.
Infected and inflamed gums can wreck your oral health if left untreated. As the gums become irritated and infected, they will pull away from teeth. This is known as gum recession, and with time, the bond between teeth and gums will weaken. Eventually teeth will become lose and fall out. Advanced gum disease may affect general health, too, since the infection becomes widespread and chronic.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease
Preventing gum disease starts with patients committing to regular cleanings, checkups, and proper oral hygiene. Cleanings remove substances that irritate gingival tissue and checkups aid in the early diagnosis of gum disease. As with any other health condition, early detection is best for conservative treatment. Adopting a proper oral hygiene regimen is also important since brushing and flossing help prevent the accumulation of plaque and tartar. Our dentists offer treatment for patients with gum disease that include deep periodontal cleanings and medication, if necessary.
To schedule an appointment with our gentle and caring staff, call Ora Dental Studio today.