Healthy gums don't bleed!
Gum disease (or periodontitis) is a chronic inflammation in a space that surrounds the tooth attachment to the bone and the gum itself. This inflammation is usually caused by bacterias found in the dental plaque and tartar buildup. Bleeding gums may not seem like a big deal to most of the people. 40% of the people with bleeding gums believe that they do not have any problems at all just because they do not have pain. According to recent studies, close to 80% of the Americans have a gum disease and only 60% show sufficient knowledge to recognize the symptoms and understand consequences of the gum disease. While major symptoms of the gum disease include gingival bleeding, bad mouth odor and change of the gingival appearance, the pain in the gum would not be one of the symptoms. This leads people to believe they are healthy and not have any problems. Not recognizing the disease leads to no treatment and causes devastating consequences on the fragile structure that holds the teeth in the jaw - bone. Bone loss is a most common consequence of the gum disease and most difficult to deal with. The bone loss causes teeth mobility, teeth shifting and eventually teeth loss. Gum disease is much easier to prevent or treat at the early stage than to deal with consequences.
"Healthy gums don't bleed" - this is a very effective approach in looking at the issue. Gum bleeding could be your only tail telling sign that it's time to ask your dentist a question.
So, what makes the gum disease so dangerous? If the bacterias are not regularly removed from the teeth they become capable of colonizing the space surrounding the tooth under the top of the gum. The inflammation in the gum will cause a progressive meltdown of the bone tissue anchoring the teeth and the teeth will lose the necessary support and may become mobile and then lost. This process is slow, may continue for years and the rate of it depends on the genetics and presence of other factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and different medications that you might be taking to control other diseases. The bitter part is that the bone that is lost to periodontitis cannot be restored or regenerated to 100% of initial volume. It's just gone!
That must make you think of the following:"What do I do to get rid of those colonies of bacterias and maintain my gums in a healthy state?" While we cannot control our genetics, we certainly can control those bacteria on our teeth. Here at Your Family Dentist, the doctor will remove hard mineralized deposits from around your teeth, will treat the affected surface of the roots and will go over the oral hygiene instructions. Once those hard calcium deposits are out you will be able to control absence of the bacterias by your daily oral hygiene routine. And the gum bleeding will be gone! So will the bad breath. Seeing bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth? Good chances are your gums have been affected by the gum disease.
Call Your Family Dentist and make the appointment for the consultation and treatment.