Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, can precede periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. When the gum tissue is infected, the infection spreads quickly. Plaque can inflame the gums, causing them to bleed easily. As the infection progresses, pockets between teeth form and teeth can loosen or fall out.
Gum disease can also increase the risk of these conditions:
- Gum swelling
- Loose teeth
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Shifting teeth
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
However, there are easy ways to prevent gum disease from progressing or occurring in the first place.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment
You should schedule a visit with Dr. Raymond Ribitch twice a year so that he can check the health of your teeth and gums. If you have noticed your gums bleeding, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Ribitch for a check-up. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, it is important to catch gum disease early before the infection spreads further. Gum disease can be treated with antibacterial rinses, laser therapy, gum surgery, or scaling and root planing. Dr. Ribitch will assess your teeth and gums in order to determine which treatment option should take place.
Schedule an Appointment
Remove gum disease at the source with a visit to our office. Call Dr. Ribitch at 989.200.3896 to schedule an appointment today.