Gum disease, in some form, will affect the majority of American adults at least once in their lifetime. This is a big deal because gum disease has scientifically-proven connections to other health problems such as pregnancy complications, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s.
Are you at risk?
Take a look at the following five warning signs of gum disease (periodontitis) to get an idea of how your gums are doing.
Periodontal disease happens when specific bacteria trigger inflammation in the gums and ligaments around teeth. The inflammation can also advance to the surrounding bone tissue.
When all these tissues break down from the infection, it can cause a very strong odor.
Bleeding during gentle brushing or flossing is not normal! It’s a sign that the gum tissues are inflamed and sensitive from the presence of bacteria in dental plaque.
As gums are infected by bacteria, the inflammation can make them look puffy, shiny, and darker in color. This swelling can eventually cause them to pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the roots.
The loss of gum tissue, ligaments, and bone mean that the teeth lose supports that hold them in place. Loose adult teeth are never a good sign! Periodontal disease can result in total tooth loss.
As gums swell and recede, teeth are exposed to the outside world and are very sensitive. Periodontal disease doesn’t always hurt, but sensitive gums and teeth can be a sign.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your family dentist without delay!
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Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, starts out as gingivitis – a condition that impacts approximately 90% of adults. Everyone has germs in their mouth that can cause periodontal disease. Those germs mix with sugary foods in your diet, causing a sticky plaque to form on your teeth. If this plaque is not removed with daily brushing and flossing, your gums can get infected with gum disease.
There are 3 stages of gum disease:
Gingivitis- This is the earliest stage. Your gums are red and puffy but this phase of disease is reversible because it has not spread to the bone.
Mild to Moderate Periodontitis- The supporting structures of the tooth now have irreversible damage due to the disease. Bone loss is evident on x-rays, and the gums bleed when you floss or brush.
Advanced Periodontitis- The supporting tooth structures are all destroyed – causing the teeth to become mobile to the point that they will fall out.
You may have gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:
What can be done to treat gum disease?
Brushing and flossing daily will help keep plaque from building up, which will help your gums stay healthy. If your gum disease has advanced to a later stage, you need to see a gum specialist to save your teeth.
If you think you have gum disease, contact your dentist. The good news is that the early stages of the infection can be reversed if you seek care out early.
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Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss them? Instead of avoiding coming into contact with your gums during your home hygiene routine – you should try to find out why they are bleeding in the first place. In 99.9% of circumstances, healthy people should never experience bleeding gum tissues.
Here are 3 reasons why your gums may be bleeding:
Gingivitis / Gum Disease
Inflammation of the gum tissues causes the gums to detach from the teeth. This creates a deep pocket under the gums, which harbors bacteria. If the infection isn’t eliminated, sporadic flossing or brushing will simply result in bleeding. It can take daily flossing up to two weeks before symptoms reverse.
Women may notice that their gums bleed during pregnancy or in concurrence with their monthly cycle. Unfortunately, if gum disease is present during pregnancy, it could pose a risk to your child. It’s actually a risk factor for pre-term labor.
Having low iron levels or anemia may trigger bleeding gums – even if you’re caring for them properly. Other signs of anemia may be pale gum tissues that are not coral pink in color. Try cooking in an iron skillet, eating more red meat and spinach, or taking an iron supplement to see if your symptoms improve.
If you’re doing everything that you know possible and your gums are still bleeding, then it’s time to see your dentist. We can thoroughly check your teeth and gums to pinpoint causes that may be contributing to your bleeding gums. In some cases a deep cleaning or change in oral hygiene routine are all that is needed.
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Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
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