You probably won’t even notice the first signs of gum disease

Your mouth is covered in bacteria. These bacteria live off of the food left behind after you eat, and can form sticky, gooey plaque.

Plaque releases acid that weakens your tooth enamel and irritates your gums. If you don’t floss and brush regularly, and get a dental cleaning every six months, plaque can harden, and then your gums will start sending up flares for help: they’ll let you know they’re in trouble.
 

Swollen gums ( gingivitis)

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It involves sensitive, swollen gums that bleed easily. If your gums bleed while you are flossing or brushing, this could be  sign of gum disease and a signal that your gums are not healthy. But there’s hope. Regular dental cleanings can help stop gingivitis before it does permanent damage.

From gingivitis to periodontitis

If you do not seek treatment, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form pockets. Plaque thrives in dental pockets which can soon become infected. Bacteria and your body’s response to fight them can break down the bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in.

You risk losing your teeth

As gum disease progresses, your teeth will become loose. Left unchecked, your teeth may become so loose that the only option is for us to remove them. That is, if they don’t fall out on their own.

We hope we’ve scared you!

Gum disease is treacherous stuff, but it can be treated. The sooner you start, the better off your teeth will be, not to mention your overall health.

How your Brident dentist helps fight gum disease

Regular check-ups and twice-a-year cleanings

Nothing beats prevention. Stop gum disease before it starts with regular visits to the dentist. These visits can help keep plaque and tartar away from your teeth and gums, so you don’t develop gum disease.

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Deep Cleaning

We utilize a process known as scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar beneath the gum line. 

Learn about scaling and root planing

Brident suggests you use PerioProtect for in-home gum treatments

Gum disease never completely goes away. However, you can treat it and help your gums recover with daily, in-home periodontic treatments like PerioProtect.

Learn about PerioProtect

The stages of gum disease

Gum disease can progress from the minor bleeding and swelling of gingivitis to deep infections that attack the ligaments and bones that hold your teeth in place. If you have any of the signs or symptoms in this video, please schedule a visit. The health of your teeth and your heart are both at stake.

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There are signs you may have gum disease

  • They are tender, red or swollen
  • They bleed easily and regularly
  • You have white spots or plaque on your gums
  • You see sores in your mouth
  • Your breath does not smell good or you have a bad taste in your mouth
  • When you chew, your teeth move
  • Your teeth start spreading apart or get wiggly
  • Your bite has changed or your teeth feel like they are in a new place

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call Brident immediately for an appointment. Your teeth, and your health, depend on stopping gum disease before it gets worse.