One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease (aka gum disease), according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you find that your gums bleed easily and frequently when toothbrushing, come in to see us for an evaluation. You may be showing the early signs of periodontitis.
Plaque likes to buildup on the teeth in the area where the teeth meet the gums. Allowing excess plaque to remain along the gumline unaddressed will inevitably become gingivitis, the name for early stage periodontitis or gum disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Bacteria-laden plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums and can cause puffiness, bleeding, soreness, inflammation, and red gums. According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.
The way that you fight gingivitis and plaque buildup is to follow a regular oral hygiene ritual of toothbrushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least one time a day, and regular (every six months) visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and monitoring. These precautions will keep gum disease at bay and allow us to treat you before it can progress into anything serious.
If you would like to speak to our dentist about bleeding gums, call Dr. Keith Blackmon and our helpful team at Family Dental Care of Dothan. Phone: 334-792-5711. Make an appointment or come by our office in Dothan, Alabama.