May 26, 2017
Do you notice some blood in your bathroom sink when you brush your teeth? If you think that’s normal, it’s not. Bleeding gums signal gum disease–mild gingivitis or more advanced periodontitis. Either way, your dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block, diagnoses and treats gum disease so your smile–and your systemic well-being–stay strong for life.
Why Do People Get Gum Disease?
Gingivitis and more serious periodontitis begin with something we can all work to prevent–plaque and tartar. It forms on tooth surfaces, in between teeth and underneath the gums.
This biofilm comes from a combination of leftover food particles, bacteria, and saliva. Carbohydrates create the perfect environment for the formation of plaque and tartar.
Brushing and flossing help remove plaque before it hardens into tartar. Plus, semi-annual cleanings with your dental hygienist at James Block Dentistry remove what your toothbrush and floss simply miss.
However, if people neglect at-home and in-office hygiene, plaque, and the bacteria it harbors, damaging gum tissue. Smoking, a diet low in fruits and vegetables, and some health problems, such as diabetes, increase the likelihood of gum problems. Additionally, gum disease appears to have a hereditary component.
What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can go unnoticed, but over time, people see some bleeding when they brush, or they may experience gum soreness, a change in the dental bite or a shift in the fit of a denture. These are signs of early gum disease.
Additionally, Dr. Block frequently sees:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Gum recession
- Persistent bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Deterioration of the jaw bone
Because systemic health changes often accompany gum disease, treatment is very important.
Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease in Fremont
Dr. James Block treats gum disease with gentle tooth scaling and root planing (scraping away of plaque and tartar), antibiotics, and other sophisticated techniques (the soft tissue laser treatment is comfortable and sutureless). However, prevention remains the best treatment.
These oral hygiene habits will help keep your gums pink and intact:
- Brush twice a day with a soft brush, and floss daily. Clean carefully around restorations such as crowns, bridgework, and implants.
- Drink water to hydrate oral tissues and wash tooth surfaces. Water stimulates the production of saliva and its antimicrobial activity.
- Eat a nutritious diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, high grain bread and cereals, lean meat and fish and calcium-rich dairy.
- Stop smoking as tobacco encourages bacterial growth.The heat of cigarette smoke burns oral mucosa, and studies show that smokers have twice the risk of gum disease than non-smokers.
- Visit Dr. Block every six months for your routine exam and cleaning. Patients who struggle with gum issues may need more frequent visits.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
It’s an important goal. Dr. Block and his dedicated team want to help you achieve it. Please
contact James Block Dentistry to arrange your oral exam and cleaning today. A little care now makes for a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth.
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