You brush and floss, but there it is in the sink — a little bit of blood. No, that’s not normal. It’s also something you should not ignore in hopes that it will get better. Bleeding like this is a sign you may have gum disease, and this condition can lead to some serious problems if not treated soon enough.
Call our Nashua, NH dental office today at 603-546-7460 to make your next appointment for gum disease treatment. Our Nashua dentists have the advanced training needed to identify gum disease and treat it with scaling and root planing or laser therapy.
What Is Gum Disease?
Don’t worry, but your mouth is home to some harmful bacteria. Everyone has them, unfortunately. That’s because the bacteria produce an acid. When they live on your teeth, that acid creates cavities. And when they live on your gums, that acid leads to gum disease. Your gum tissues are being irritated and damaged by the acid over time.
Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis: This is the early stage. Typically, the bacteria’s acid is damaging your gums, but the bacteria have not infected them yet. Gingivitis is marked by bad breath, sore gums, and mild bleeding after you brush.
- Periodontitis: This is the advanced stage of gum disease. Here, the bacteria have gotten below the surface and truly infected your gums. Periodontitis is marked by gums that bleed easily, swollen gums, and loose teeth.
Serious Problems From Gum Disease
As you can see, untreated gum disease can be a big problem. That’s why you need to call our Nashua dentists at 603-546-7460 and schedule gum disease treatment. Here are the specific problems you can experience with gum disease.
– You can have gingivitis without knowing it
One of the problems with gum disease is how it starts off very slowly and can often have “come-and-go” problems. In gingivitis, your gums could be a bit tender sometimes and then just fine the next day. That means you can have the early stage of gum disease without realizing it. That’s why regular trips to our Nashua, NH dental office are so important.
– Your gums can blacken and bleed
These problems can happen with both gingivitis and periodontitis. As the acid from those harmful bacteria damage your gums, they start to turn dark red or even blackish. Your gums can get very sore, so much so that even chewing can cause them to bleed. And the more they bleed, the higher your chance of gingivitis turning into periodontitis.
– Pregnant woman face complications
Scientists are not positive why this occurs, but studies have shown a link between pregnant women and low birth weights as well as premature births. Again, no one is sure if there is a direct cause between them, but since there is a correlation, why risk it when you can get treated for gum disease?
– Your teeth get loose and can fall out
When your gums are irritated and damaged by that bacterial acid, they start to recede from your teeth. This exposes too much of your teeth, but that’s just half the problem. Receding gums make your teeth loose. As gum disease gets worse, those teeth can actually fall out. Even your jawbone begins to weaken under gum disease.
– The bacteria can cause widespread inflammation
As gingivitis turns into periodontitis, the bacteria get inside your gums and infect them. The bacteria then begin to multiply in your gum tissues. If left alone, these will eventually get into your bloodstream and get carried all over your body. Your immune systems kicks into gear to fight the bacteria, causing inflammation. Some bacteria can even get past and infect other parts of your body.
– The advanced stage of gum disease is permanent
Once those bacteria infect your gums, there’s really no way of getting rid of them entirely. There are many ways to treat the symptoms, of course, but there’s no way of getting rid of gum disease entirely at that point.
Call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for gum disease treatment. Call before things get out of hand and your gum disease becomes permanent.