Regular dental check-ups and cleanings with The Fayetteville Dentist are critical for good dental health. Sometimes a patient’s gums may bleed after a thorough cleaning. Is this a problem?
Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two, you don’t need to be concerned. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you really need to return to our office for some follow-up. There is the possibility of gum disease.
Gum disease is usually the result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When you don’t brush and floss on a regular basis, there is a build-up of plaque, which hardens into a substance called tartar. That’s why we recommend our patients brush and floss twice a day. It’s the best way to prevent plaque from building up.
No amount of brushing and flossing will remove tartar from your teeth. It takes a professional cleaning to remove it, which is why we want to see our patients twice a year.
Risk factors for developing gum disease include:
- Certain illnesses, like AIDS, and their medication
- Medication that reduces the flow of saliva
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
The type of treatment a patient gets for gum disease depends on the extent of the condition. Part of the treatment might include behavioral changes, like giving up smoking. And it is essential that the patient adopts good daily dental care.
We think there already are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, and to start brushing and flossing twice a day. But if you’d like another, there it is: to head off a disease that could result in losing your teeth.
The unfortunate truth is that anyone can get gum disease. But there is hope; the earlier it is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. The Fayetteville Dentist provides gum disease treatment, as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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