Seeing blood on your toothbrush or floss can be unsettling, and it should be. Blood should not be found here. Bad breath soon after brushing is a common problem for many people, as is tooth sensitivity and soreness in the mouth. These conditions are all signs of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease that is reversible.
There are two forms, or stages, of gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Acting quickly at the first signs of gingivitis is ideal for sustained oral health, not to mention fresh breath. Our teeth need our gums, and vice versa. These two oral structures are highly dependent on one another. They require a close bond, one that is not separated by anything.
Sadly, something can impact the relationship between our gums and our teeth – bacteria. Gum disease tells us that our gum tissue is not working properly as it should as a part of the overall oral structure. This tissue should be smooth and moist, pink, and strongly connected to teeth. The gums are intended to provide stability to teeth, facilitating functional chewing necessary for digestion.
Should you notice that gums are not smooth, look red, feel sore, or bleed when you brush or floss; it is time for a call to our office for a full evaluation. There are a number of ways to treat gum disease, which we make as comfortable as possible with local anesthetic and sedation if you would like. We believe that when you can receive anxiety-free dental care, you will feel more in control of your oral health, and obtain regular care from us.
We treat gum disease based on the severity of the condition. Early treatment is ideal, consisting of root planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line. Plaque is a sticky substance formed with saliva, bacteria, and food particles. Left on teeth, this substance hardens into tartar, which can be removed with special tools. Once hardened deposits are removed, the root of the affected tooth or teeth is scaled, or made smooth. This two-step process creates prime conditions for gum tissue to reattach to the tooth.
In some instances, this treatment will also include the application of antibiotics into the infected area.
Dr. Ami and our hygiene team can provide you with the professional care that will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Contact us to get a handle on gum disease.