Bleeding gums is a serious concern to your Brentwood, CA dentist
When our gums bleed, we may have a tendency to explain this problem away! Maybe we just brushed a little too hard, or the floss hit the gums at the wrong angle. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and his team encourage patients to understand that bleeding gums are an indicator that there is a problem with oral health. A visit to our Brentwood, CA dental practice takes only a short time, but makes a big impact on the health of your smile.
Plaque and bleeding gums
At the heart of bleeding gums is inflammation and irritation. This is caused by plaque, a biofilm that sticks to teeth and gum tissue. In plaque is saliva, food debris, and, most concerning, bacteria. When plaque accumulates in the mouth, one may notice a bad taste or chronic bad breath. This condition is referred to as gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. What is so concerning about gingivitis is that the occasional bleeding and bad breath are typically the only signs of disease. There is no pain and therefore, no way for a person to know that his or her oral health is being threatened.
Ideally, plaque will be removed with daily brushing and flossing, complemented by twice-a-year professional cleanings. If plaque is not sufficiently removed, gum tissue around teeth will weaken and pull away. Receding gums are not only unattractive but also set the stage for very unhealthy infection. This is because bacteria can move into pockets between teeth and gums and infect deeper tissues, including those that stabilize teeth. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with dental care provided by our skilled hygienist.
Plaque, bleeding gums, and your health
Early dental care for bleeding gums is essential for the prevention of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious oral condition that puts the smile and the entire body at risk. The further gum disease progresses, the more bacteria have affected the mouth. These living organisms do not stay put; they move freely throughout the body, reaching various organs and increasing one's risk for heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, stroke, and more.
Your family deserves to enjoy happy, healthy smiles. Call Brentwood Family Dental at 925-344-5296.
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