One of the most common indication that there is a serious issue developing in the mouth is bleeding gums. Bleeding gums may be an indication of a progressive oral health concern called gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that ranges from mild (gingivitis) to advanced (periodontitis). If your gums bleed during normal brushing, you may want to schedule an appointment at our Davidsonville, MD dental office. Prevention and early diagnosis are two effective ways to overcome gum disease and restore health to your teeth and gums. If left untreated, gum disease can have adverse effects on your oral health as well as your entire body. To learn more about your treatment options, visit our Davidsonville dental office and schedule a consultation with Dr. James Wooddell and Dr. Joe Passaro.
Gum Disease Prevention
Gum disease occurs when bacteria makes its way to the gum tissue, causing an infection which leads to inflammation and swollen tissue. Once plaque and tartar reach the gum line, gum disease begins to take place. The bacteria will spread and may cause symptoms such as inflammation of the gums, swollen gums, tooth sensitivity, receding gums, shifting teeth, halitosis, and tooth loss. Patients with gum disease also have an increased risk of developing tooth decay and jaw bone deterioration. Anyone is at risk for developing gum disease, so it important to take preventive measure to minimize your risk.
Drs. Wooddell and Passaro recommend patients brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, floss at least once a day, and rinse their mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. To maintain a healthy smile, patients should visit the dentist for routine dental health exams once every 3, 4 or 6 months, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums.
Get Screened For Gum Disease in Davidsonville, MD
Drs. Wooddell and Passaro offer a full range of periodontal therapy treatment options to restore health to the teeth and gums. During every visit, we can screen for gum disease and other complex dental problems. Our goal is to help our patients improve their smile through comprehensive, personalized dental care. To explore your treatment options, call (410) 343-7075 or schedule an appointment online.