You noticed blood in the sink again today after brushing your teeth. After a quick glance in your mouth, you don't see anything wrong and your teeth aren't hurting, so it must not be anything to worry about – right?
The truth is that gums that bleed during brushing are one of the first signs of periodontal, or gum, disease. This is an ideal time to contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental and schedule a cleaning and checkup. Gum disease shouldn't be ignored, and here's why.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
With more information emerging about how periodontal health is connected to overall health and well being, it's never been more important to take care of your oral health.
We know that the bacteria that causes the inflammation around your bone and soft tissues when you have gum disease has been linked to other health concerns such as diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. This is known as the oral-systemic connection, and it shows us how all of our body systems are truly interconnected.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease develops when excessive plaque buildup causes inflammation in your gums and allows harmful bacteria to spread below the gum line. The bacteria cause an infection that will eventually destroy the support system for your teeth if left untreated.
Did you know that periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults?
The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. It's in this stage that you'll notice bleeding when you brush your teeth. You might also notice that your gums appear red and swollen. Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away is also a telltale sign of gingivitis. Careful, though, because gingivitis can be present without any noticeable signs at all!
We can help you effectively manage gingivitis with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. For many patients, this may even reverse their condition.
This is the advanced stage of gum disease in which serious damage starts to occur. As your soft tissue and bone are destroyed, your teeth begin to become mobile.
Periodontitis requires a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. Our doctors may also recommend antibiotic treatment or gum surgery in some cases.
Whatever stage of gum disease you might find yourself facing, Dr. Joo and Dr. Moore offer comprehensive gum disease treatment in Toronto, and our hygiene team is well equipped to get you back on the path to wellness. Contact our office today to learn more.