If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have gingivitis or developing periodontitis. Periodontitis, or gum disease, affects many people across the country and must be treated by a professional. There are multiple causes that help gum swelling develop over time into gum disease.
Common Causes of Gum Disease
There are several common causes of gum disease:
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Improper oral hygiene
Everyone should aim to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. Regular dental appointments can also help catch cases of gingivitis, or gum swelling. There are also signs of periodontitis to look for.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are multiple symptoms of gum disease:
- Swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
Dr. Raymond Ribitch will assess your teeth and gums to determine if you have gingivitis (gum inflammation) or periodontitis (gum disease). Dr. Ribitch will perform a deep tooth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from gums. Following the procedure, he may recommend anti-bacterial rinses and antibiotics to ensure that the teeth and gums are thoroughly cleaned. If you have chronic gum disease that doesn’t respond to deep cleaning, Dr. Ribitch, and his team will work with you to find a solution.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you think that you may be developing gum disease? Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ribitch and his professional team at 989.200.3896. We ensure that our patients are comfortable during each step of dental treatment.