Monday, August 1, 2016

Don’t Let Periodontal Disease Happen to You

If you have sore, red and bleeding gums it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine how far along your gum disease has progressed.

According to theAmerican Dental Association, bleeding gums is a sure sign of gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. If left untreated your gum disease can cause chronic halitosis or loose teeth. Your gum disease can even cause your teeth to fall out.


The mildest type of gum disease, gingivitis will make your gums swollen and red. If you have gingivitis, your gums will also bleed. During this stage of gum disease, there is very little if any discomfort. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits and is reversible.

If you have any signs of gingivitis, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist and follow up with adequate oral health care at home.

Other factors that could contribute to gingivitis include: 
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition
  • Aging
  • Systemic diseases
  • Systemic conditions
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • HIV
  • Substance abuse
  • Certain types of medication 

Periodontal Disease

Also referred to as Periodontitis, periodontal disease is a condition that advances from gingivitis. Over time, the plaque will spread below your gum line irritating your gums. The toxins that are produced by the plaque and bacteria will cause your body to turn on itself. The bone and tissue that supports your teeth will break down and eventually become destroyed. Periodontal disease also causes deep pockets to form between your teeth and gums. If left untreated your teeth will become loose and eventually fall out. You may or may not experience any pain with periodontal disease.

If you have bleeding gums, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist who can start a treatment plan to help you and your mouth get healthy again.

Don’t let gum disease destroy your smile. Call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.