Bleeding gums is a serious issue
Small amounts of blood when brushing, especially when it’s so painless and stops once you’ve finished brushing seems innocuous. However, this could be your body’s early warning sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a very mild infection and inflammation of the gums and can be treated simply under the supervision of your hygienist in Richmond. If left, however, it can progress into periodontal disease which is incurable and can lead to tooth loss.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is essentially inflammation and infection in the soft tissue of the gums, including a sheath that holds your teeth in place. Periodontal bacteria naturally live in the mouth and are usually harmless, however when the bacteria are given a good source, such as food debris, and are left undisturbed in the small gaps between teeth and just under the gum line, it can lead to infection. Once infection has started it triggers inflammation and if then left untreated, it can thrive and take hold. Over several years the disease starts to undermine the gum, causing gum recession and even attacking the jawbone leading to tooth loss.
How it can be prevented
Diligent brushing and flossing are the mainstay of good oral health, but this alone cannot fully take care of your mouth. The tiny spaces between teeth and under the gum line can easily collect plaque which hardens to tartar or calculus. This can only be removed by your Richmond hygienist.
What does my hygienist in Richmond do?
Your hygienist is your secret weapon in fighting periodontal disease. They will monitor your mouth, looking for any signs of inflammation and treat it if it is present. They will also remove any build-up of plaque, clearing out the breeding ground that triggers infection. In addition, they are highly skilled in treating disease, if you have ended up with an infection. They will measure the gaps between your teeth, pay particular attention to the inflammation, and ensure that the infection does not progress. They will also work closely with the dentist at Sheen Dental to develop treatment plans for your ongoing oral health.
To book one of your twice-yearly hygienist appointments, to care for your gums and teeth, call our reception today.