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Reasons for Bleeding Gums

Some bleeding can be normal if we've recently begun to regularly floss, or if we've taken it up again after some time of neglect. But if it's happening often, sometimes with little interaction, and if it takes a while for the bleeding to stop then it's time to our Durham, NC, family dentist. Bleeding gums is one of a few possible symptoms of gum disease, a condition that, if left untreated for long, can cause many damaging dental complications, tooth loss among them. Contact Dr. Thomas Clifton to learn more about everything that we can do to protect ourselves against gum disease.

Problem With Plaque

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of our gums that typically occurs because of plaque buildup.

Plaque is the sticky substance that clings to our teeth every day, which just happens to be teeming with bacteria. Bacteria exist in our mouth in relative balance, but when plaque is unmanaged bacteria can quickly reproduce. The sugary foods and drinks we consume help to feed these bacteria that in turn create acids that harm our teeth and gums.

Stages of Gum Disease

In the early stages bleeding and inflamed gums are symptoms of gum disease, and as it advances, so do the symptoms.

Eventually, gums begin to pull away revealing more of the tooth and if it is not addressed by our dentist, gum disease can become periodontal disease.

In more advanced stages it's possible to notice teeth becoming loose as our teeth' supporting tissue can all become infected and weakened. These loose teeth are unlikely to be saved at this point. Bad breath and taste, and severe pain are signs that the disease is worsening. The infection can result in a whole-body inflammatory response.

Family Dentist in Durham, NC

Daily brushing and flossing can help keep plaque in check, and regular office visits for cleanings and checkups can round out our good hygiene habits for a smile that lasts.

Protect your smile against the damaging effects of gum disease and schedule a consultation today with Dr. Clifton in Durham, NC, by dialing (919) 471-2422.

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