Gums that bleed when you brush or floss are one of the most common signs of gum disease or gingivitis.
Unfortunately, gum disease is widespread; in fact, it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is that in its earliest stage, gingivitis is usually easy to treat with a professional cleaning by our hygienist and a commitment on your part to improved oral hygiene.
Without periodontal disease treatment at our Durham dental office, the infection eventually gradually leads to your gums pulling away from your teeth, and the bone in your jawbone starting to break down. This causes loose teeth and can even lead to tooth loss without treatment; in fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the US.
People can get gum disease at any age. It develops when plaque collects on your teeth and is not thoroughly removed with daily brushing and flossing and periodic dental cleanings. Plaque that sits on your teeth forms a hard, mineral-like substance called tartar, which is a breeding ground for bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
Diligent oral hygiene habits, combined with routine exams and cleaning appointments, are your best bet for avoiding gum disease and the dental problems that go with it.
If you have not had a dental exam and cleaning recently, please call Renaissance Family Dentistry to arrange an appointment. Dr. Vivek and Dr. Suman will perform a thorough exam, and if they find signs of gum disease, they will develop a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.
We offer preventive dentistry for families in Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Raleigh, and surrounding communities.