August 12, 2019
One of the most common jokes about dentists involves them doing basically anything and saying, “You’re bleeding because you don’t floss.” As common as this type of joke is, bleeding while flossing is not laughing matter. It’s actually a sign that your gums are infected with bacteria. If this infection is not dealt with in time, it can cause problems in other parts of your body and even result in tooth loss. A dentist in Fremont is here to talk a little more in detail about when you should be worried about gum disease.
The Two Stages of Gum Disease
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. In this first stage, bacteria have infected the gums, causing them to become inflamed, red, and tender. They may also bleed easily when brushing and flossing. If you see your dentist during the gingivitis stage, the condition can be cured before any irreversible damage has occurred. Generally, improved oral hygiene can be enough to remove the bacteria. Your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics for good measure.
The second stage of gum diseases is known as periodontitis, or periodontal disease. At this stage, bacteria have begun to damage the structures supporting the tooth. Your teeth may feel loose because pockets between your teeth and gums have been created. Bacteria can enter these pockets and travel through your bloodstream to other parts of your body, including your heart and lungs, and cause all sorts of other health problems. During this stage, gum disease treatment in Fremont involves scaling and root planing, where your dentist will remove hardened plaque from beneath the gumline and reduce the rough, infected areas of tooth roots. Antibiotics may also be necessary.
How to Know If You Have Gum Disease
To catch gum disease in the early stages, be sure to contact your dentist if any of the following symptoms sound familiar:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Constant bad breath
- Persistent bad taste in your mouth
- Fatigue or fever
How You Can Prevent Gum Disease
Keeping gum disease at bay involves taking care of your oral healthy by:
- Brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing every night before bed
- Not smoking
- Limiting sugary snacks and beverages
- Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning
By following these steps, your teeth and gums can stay in better shape. You will be saving your teeth in the long run.
About the Author
After graduating from the University of Southern California dental school, Dr. James Block served as a member of the faculty for two years. He then opened his own private practice in Fremont, CA. He loves listening to patients and seeing them grow more confident in their smiles. To learn more about how to prevent gum disease, schedule a checkup with Dr. Block here, or call (510)-793-0801.
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