One common and dangerous myth when it comes to oral health is that it’s normal for gums to bleed sometimes during regular brushing and flossing – this is FALSE. Your gums should never bleed, and if they do, it means you have gingivitis, or early stage gum disease. The good news is if we catch it in the early stage, we can likely treat and reverse the problem before it progresses into a more serious issue.
Gum disease is a common and serious infection of the gums that can devastate your oral and overall health. It’s estimated that over half of the American adult population has some form of gum disease, while many cases remain undiagnosed. Gum disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, and left untreated can lead to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration, and can also be a risk factor for heart and lung diseases.
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs and symptoms, or have been diagnosed and are seeking treatment, we would love to help you get your gum disease under control at Spring Creek Dentistry. If you are in the early stages of gum disease, we may be able to reverse it with some simple oral hygiene and nutrition adjustments.
However, if your gingivitis has advanced into periodontitis, or advanced gum disease, you may require what we call scaling and root planing. We will go in and remove the infection and sterilize the pockets, and reattach the gums to the teeth.
At Spring Creek Dentistry, we are proud to offer a comprehensive mix of services to provide all of your family’s dental needs under one roof. We have four amazing doctors and an outstanding team who can’t wait to meet you.