Posts for: February, 2017

By Franklin L. Gordon, Jr., D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
February 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

If your gums are swollen or bleed when brushing, those are signs of possible gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum gum diseasedisease is a bacterial infection of the gums. If left untreated, the infection can spread and weaken the supporting structures of the teeth, which can cause teeth to loosen over time and ultimately require extraction. Gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene at home, as well as through regular dental checkups and cleanings. Dr. Frank Gordon is your Flint, MI, dentist, here to treat gum disease and help with prevention.

Signs of Gum Disease

There are several signs of gum disease and they are important to notice. Treating gum disease early on can stop the infection from spreading and causing other periodontal problems. If you have developed any of the following signs of gum disease, see a Flint dentist soon. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Toothaches
  • Bad breath

Causes of Gum Disease

In short, gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Daily brushing and flossing help prevent gum disease by removing this bacteria. When the bacteria is not removed, plaque forms on the teeth that can lead to tartar buildup. Ultimately, gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, can develop from tartar buildup. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. Only a professional dental cleaning can successfully remove tartar. This is why practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly are so important for preventing gum disease.

Some conditions are also associated with an increased risk of developing gum disease. These include having a genetic predisposition to developing it, being diabetic, taking certain medications and being a smoker. For women, hormonal changes can also increase risk by increasing gum sensitivity. Individuals with one or more of these conditions tend to develop gum disease more easily. Regular dental visits can help you maintain healthier gums and better manage your risk for developing gum disease.

Don’t ignore the signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or swollen gums. A dentist can treat your gum disease, stop its progression and help you achieve healthier gums. For treatment of gum disease in Flint, MI, contact the office of Dr. Gordon by calling (810) 230-0990.