According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of people in the United States over 30 years of age have some form of periodontal, or gum disease.
Gum disease can range in seriousness from early stage gingivitis (bleeding, inflamed gums) to periodontitis. With periodontitis, tooth loss is a potential risk. Most people think that bleeding gums are not a problem. But it is not something to be ignored. If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing that is an indication of gum disease and potential infection.
Maintaining a sound oral hygiene routine is the best way to fight periodontal disease. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. You should also see your dentist twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams. When the plaque on your teeth is not removed, it will harden into tartar, which will increase your vulnerability to gum disease. During your dental appointment, the hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar your toothbrush may have missed. They will also determine your overall gum health by measuring the area where your gum meets your teeth.
If you want more information about gum disease, Dr. Simms, our periodontist would be happy to help you.