As you are brushing your teeth before bed, you start thinking. When was the last time I flossed?
You know that you should floss more often than you do. So, you break off a strand and decide to give your teeth a good once over.
As you are flossing, you can’t help noticing that you are bleeding a little. Is that a problem? Should you be concerned?
Well, bleeding while flossing is often a symptom of gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. It’s certainly treatable, and we would be happy to help you get your mouth back in shape at our Colorado Springs, CO dental office.
To schedule an appointment, call 719-249-2854 to plan your visit to Accura Dental.
What to Watch for
February is Gum Disease Awareness Month, which also makes this a good time to discuss signs of infection as well as treatment and prevention.
Bleeding is often an early sign of a gum infection, but it’s not the only one. Your gums also may appear red or swollen when you have gingivitis.
Now, if you don’t treat the problem at this stage, it can progress to periodontitis, which is advanced gum disease. The symptoms of periodontitis may include:
- Bleeding gums (even when you aren’t brushing or flossing)
- Sore gums
- Pimple-like bumps on your gums
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
You should know that gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States. In other words, if you want to protect your smile, you should do what you can to prevent gum infections and seek treatment as soon as possible if you do develop a periodontal problem.
What We Can Do
A majority of people will develop gum disease during their lives. Even so, it’s best to do all you can to prevent infections as much as possible.
This is why we encourage everyone to brush twice daily and to floss every day. If you can’t or won’t use dental floss, try flossers or water flossers. Flossers can be found in the toothpaste aisle of most stores. They have a short handle, which can make them easier to use than dental floss. Water flossers create a stream of water to clean the spaces between your teeth and gums.
If you do notice signs of a gum infection, you should seek treatment as early as you can. We can reverse the effects with our non-surgical treatment options. The first step is often scaling and root planing to remove tartar buildup and smooth the surface of your tooth roots. For more advanced cases, we also can use a dental laser. This allows us to target infected tissue and seal your gums without the need for sutures. This also reduces your recovery time compared to surgical treatments.
You Can Count on Us
Whether you are trying to preserve your healthy gums or need to treat gum disease, our team is here to help. Call 719-249-2854 to make an appointment at Accura Dental in Colorado Springs, CO. You also can contact us online.