You know that you should floss more often, but you just don’t like doing it. Even so, you do it every now and then. When you do, you can’t help noticing a little blood when you spit in the sink. That’s no big deal, right?
Well … bleeding from your gums is a symptom of the early stages of gum disease. If anything, it’s a sign that you need to take action to restore your oral health. A great way to do that is by visiting the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, for a checkup. In addition to our preventive care, you can take advantage of our gum disease treatment in Huntsville, AL.
Call 256-801-0002 to make your appointment.
Watch For The Signs
Bleeding gums are often one of the first signs of a periodontal infection, but that’s just one symptom you should know. Contact us if you notice one or more of the following:
- Red, swollen gums
- Constant bad breath
- Pain when chewing food
- Sensitive gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
In the United States, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Periodontal problems also can increase your risk of heart problems. Gum disease also has been linked to strokes, respiratory problems, and complications of diabetes among other systemic health issues.
Seek Treatment As Early As You Can
As with other health issues, prevention is the best approach to periodontal problems. This is why you should brush twice daily, floss every day, and visit Dr. Perkins’s office for regular cleanings and exams. If you do have a gum infection, we want to take care of it as early as we can.
According to a recent ADA survey, less than half of the respondents reported that they flossed daily. If you have gingivitis (the early form of gum disease), you may be able to reverse the condition by improving your daily oral care routine.
If your infection goes untreated, you can develop periodontitis. At this point, we recommend scaling and root planing. This process removes plaque and tartar that has built up around the roots of your teeth. The next step is smoothing the surface of your teeth. This makes it each to reattach your gums to your teeth.
To correct the effects of receding gums, we also offer the Chao Pinhole Technique. This is a less invasive way to reposition your gumline to its original position.
To keep you relaxed and pain-free during your treatment, we can provide dental sedation and local anesthetic. You also can get cozy with pillows and blankets, and you can watch TV as a distraction.
Keep On Smiling
You deserve to have a happy, healthy smile. To keep it, you need to make your gum health a priority as well. Protecting your gums is as simple as having a consistent daily oral care routine and making regular visits to Dr. Perkins’s office in Huntsville, AL.