Do you notice red or pink in your sink when flossing or brushing? There’s a fairly good chance that your gums are bleeding, which is an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease. Without professional attention, this infection can worsen and result in problems like tooth loss! Thankfully, our team has the training and experience necessary to catch this disease early and perform dedicated treatments to alleviate your most pressing symptoms. If you or a family member has bleeding, red, or sensitive gums, give us a call today!
In the beginning stages, gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that produces plaque acids. Over time, this turns into plaque, which collects around and below the gum line. Not only is this plaque impossible to remove with at-home oral care alone, but it can eventually damage the tissues supporting teeth! Treating this infection requires scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and bacteria from the newly-formed gum pockets and ensures the gum tissue can reattach and heal more quickly. This also works to reduce the risk of future plaque accumulation.
It’s true that periodontal disease does not necessarily have a cure, but it can be managed so the symptoms are kept under control. This includes dental visits at least three to four times a year. During these appointments, we perform periodontal maintenance, which includes a cleaning and exam. By staying proactive, we can stop harmful oral bacteria from building up. If gum disease does in fact develop again, we can treat it before it causes more harm to your smile.