March 22, 2017
You brush your teeth, and there it is. You see a little bit of blood in the sink. Yes, that really is something you need to worry about. That’s because it’s a sign you might have gum disease.
Call our Fairfax, VA dental office today at 703-552-2530 and schedule an appointment for gum disease treatment. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Ki has taken advanced training in dentistry. She understands how to identify and treat gum disease before things get out of hand.
Gum Disease Explained
Your mouth is home to some harmful bacteria. Not to worry, as everyone has them. But if they grow out of hand, they create problems for your teeth and gums. That’s because the bacteria produce an acid. When the bacteria do this on your teeth, it creates cavities.
But when they do this on your gums, it irritates and eventually damages your gum tissue cells. That’s what gum disease is — harmful bacteria hurting your gums.
Gum disease has two distinct stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis: This is the beginning of gum disease. It’s when you have bacteria hurting your gums, but they have not truly infected the gum tissues. Gingivitis is marked by some bleeding, tenderness, and soreness around the gums. Halitosis is also a big sign.
- Periodontitis: This is the advanced stage. Here, those bacteria have gotten into your gum tissues and infected them. Periodontitis is marked by worse problems with tenderness and bleeding as well as loose teeth.
The key to fighting gum disease is early detection. That’s why you need to call Dr. Laura Ki today at 703-552-2530 and schedule a new appointment. Dr. Ki can offer gum disease treatment, but you first need to call and come in.
The Problems With Gum Disease
Gum disease usually starts out simply. You have some bleeding after you brush and some tenderness, but that’s about it. You can be tempted to ignore it and hope it goes away on its own. That’s a bad idea, and here’s why.
The infection can spread.
With periodontitis, the bacteria behind gum disease have gotten below the surface and infected the gum tissue. That means they can enter your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. Your immune system will fight it, creating problems with inflammation. But eventually, some bacteria can slip through and create infections elsewhere in your body.
Your teeth can fall out.
The advanced stage of gum disease causes two problems for your teeth. First, the gums begin to pull away from teeth. Second, the jawbone holding the teeth starts to deteriorate. Combined together, and you can start to feel your teeth getting loose. Eventually, they can even fall out thanks to gum disease.
Your gums can turn dark.
As the harmful bacteria damage your gums, they begin to darken. While this might be just a cosmetic issue, it’s a big one. That’s because your gums are an important part of your smile. When they start to turn dark red or even blackish, people will readily see something is wrong.
The disease can become permanent.
Gingivitis can be treated at our Fairfax, VA dental office. However, once the disease advances and bacteria infect the gums, your gum disease becomes permanent. You can get the symptoms treated, but you cannot get rid of the infection entirely.
You could have chronic bad breath.
As the gum tissues get irritated and damaged, your breath starts to turn bad. This is halitosis. Normally, you can get rid of bad breath with brushing, mints, or gum. Because the odor is coming from your gums, you can mask halitosis for a little bit, but it will keep coming back.
Gum Disease Treatments
Prevention is the best way to stop gum disease from happening. This means brushing twice each day, flossing each night, and visiting a dentist regularly. This gets rid of the food bacteria need to survive, limiting how widespread they are.
If you have gum disease, you can get scaling and root planing to let your gums heal. This deep cleaning treatment removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from at and below the gumline. Since these are irritating your gums, this can help tremendously.
Call us TODAY at 703-552-2530 and make an appointment with Dr. Laura Ki. You can also request an appointment online. Gum disease can lead to some bigger problems, which is why you need gum disease treatment as soon as possible.