Lately you've been noticing blood in the sink when you brush your teeth. Your teeth aren't hurting and you don't see any dark spots, so there's probably nothing to be concerned about, right? Wrong!
Teeth that bleed during brushing is often the telltale first sign of periodontal (gum) disease, and this is a condition that shouldn't be ignored. The good news is that this usually means that you are in the earliest stages of gum disease, and Dr. Sater has options for gum disease treatment in Arlington, TX.
Here are 3 solutions we offer for gum disease:
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. The infection is caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria, which can usually be attributed to poor oral hygiene.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. In this stage, you might notice that your gums appear red or swollen and that they tend to bleed during brushing. Chronic bad breath that you can't get rid of is also a sign of gingivitis.
The solution in this stage is often a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine, which our hygienists can review with you.
The more advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, is diagnosed when more damage and even tooth loss start to occur.
The first solution in this stage is a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar build-up from below the gum line. Some patients may require antibiotic therapy or sometimes even surgery to manage periodontitis.
Unfortunately, there's no cure for gum disease, so our last solution for you is additional cleanings throughout the year that will help you keep your condition at bay.
If you notice the first signs and symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to be proactive and schedule a cleaning and examination right away. If you've found yourself facing periodontitis, Dr. Sater and his highly skilled hygiene team are well-equipped to help guide you through the process and get you on the road to recovery. Don't hesitate to call our office to schedule your next appointment.