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A little blood in the sink after you brush or floss your teeth is normal, right? Wrong! Bleeding gums could be a sign of periodontal disease; in which case, you need to make an appointment with an experienced dental hygienist. Periodontal disease can destroy the underlying structure that supports your teeth in the jawbone, allowing teeth to become so loose over time that extraction is the only choice. To protect yourself from gum disease, it is vital that you visit one of the experienced dental hygienists at Theron Baker DDS at least twice a year. Our talented team can help slow or even reverse the effects of periodontal disease and restore your gums to optimum health. Your dental health is always our number one priority, and we will always go above and beyond to ensure that you receive the very best dentistry services.

Causes of periodontal disease

Gum disease is caused by the growth of bacteria found in plaque on the teeth and gums. Bacteria like to feed on sugars in the foods and beverages we consume, making toxins that irritate the gums and causing them to swell and bleed. If left untreated, plaque buildup can harden into calculus or tartar, which encourages the gums to pull away from your teeth. A low vitamin or high sugar diet helps plaque grow, as does not cleaning your teeth properly or not getting regular dental hygiene checkups. At Theron Baker DDS, our dental hygienist can provide you with insight into the current status of your oral health and offer advice for reversing periodontal disease. One of the best ways to avoid periodontal disease is to visit our office for routine cleanings.

Symptoms of periodontal disease

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have gingivitis, a periodontal disease that only affects the gums:

  • Swollen, red, and tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily during brushing or flossing

Periodontitis is a much more severe form of periodontal disease, which spreads below the gums and damages the supporting tissue and bone. Symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from the gums
  • A change in your bite
  • Toothache
  • Loose teeth

Treatment for periodontal disease

The easiest ways to treat periodontal disease include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting a dentist twice a year to ensure proper dental hygiene. For gingivitis, a dentist may need to prescribe topical antiseptics or antibiotics to help clear up the infection. Since periodontitis is more severe, you may need a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar buildup below the gum line. Extremely severe cases require dental surgery. Fortunately, periodontal disease can resolve itself in months with proper care.

Whether you are worried about periodontal disease or just want to ask a few questions about proper dental hygiene, our friendly dental team is always happy to help. Theron Baker DDS is located just a few blocks away from Amazon campus, so stop by for a visit or make an appointment today!

Protect your gums from periodontal disease by calling 206-343-8774 today!

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