Why do my gums bleed when I brush?
If you see "pink in the sink" when you brush and floss your teeth, there’s a good chance you have gum disease, a bacterial infection. Gum disease is progressive, so the longer it goes untreated, the more damage it does to your gums, bone, and ligaments that hold your teeth in place.
As periodontal disease advances, the infection causes pockets to open up between your teeth and gums. Without periodontal disease treatment in Inman, SC, the infection eventually causes teeth to loosen to the point where we may need to remove them.
Gum disease is prevalent and affects nearly half of US adults over age 30; in fact, it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Fortunately, when we catch it in its early stages, gum disease can usually be eliminated with a thorough professional cleaning and improved at-home oral hygiene.
Anyone can develop gum disease, but you're at higher risk if you don't brush and floss diligently twice a day to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque that's not removed hardens into a mineral-like substance called tartar that's a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause gum disease.
There are several ways you can reduce your risk for gum disease. Smoking makes it harder for your body to fight infections, which puts you at risk. Improving your nutrition to include raw fruits and vegetables also helps excellent gum health. But you must combine any at-home efforts with professional dental exams and teeth cleanings. Both help you maintain excellent oral health and give your dentist in Inman, SC a chance to look for early signs of gum disease and provide treatment as needed.
If it's time for your next dental exam and cleaning, please call Meadow Creek Family Dentistry to arrange an appointment. Dr. Hunt will perform a thorough exam, and if he finds signs of gum disease, he will develop a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.