Bleeding Gums Fox Lake IL
When many people think about dental health, they focus on their teeth. But gums play an important role in mouth and teeth health and if they are sore or bleeding, you should make an appointment with a dentist at Infinity Dental of Fox Lake.
In most instances, sore or bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. More than three-quarters of American adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of gum disease. Most suffer from the lesser, beginning stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis. But 5–15% of these people have advanced gum disease, which requires intensive treatment.
Gingivitis vs. Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, characterized as an inflammation of the gums. If caught early, gingivitis is treatable and reversible. Gum disease is more advanced and a serious condition.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Signs of gingivitis or gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Sore gums
- Receded gums that have pulled away from teeth, making teeth look longer
- Constant bad breath
Gum Disease Treatment
Gingivitis can be easily treated by a thorough mouth and gum cleaning. During a routine teeth cleaning, the hygienist will remove plaque and build-up from the teeth and gums. Additional treatment for gum disease may include antibiotics, removing infected gum tissue, and scalping of the gum surface.
To avoid invasive treatment for gum disease, it is important to visit the dentist regularly for tooth cleaning and examination, as well as practice good oral hygiene at home. Your routine should include brushing twice a day with fluoride tooth paste and flossing at least once a day.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suspect you may be suffering from gingivitis or gum disease, call Infinity Dental for a consultation. Our dentists will inspect your teeth and gums and recommend the best form of treatment.