You see it sitting next to your toothbrush, but it has been a little while since you last used the dental floss in your bathroom. But your teeth still look good, so no need to worry, right?

Then you start brushing your teeth like you normally do, but something unexpected happens. Your gums are starting to bleed.

That’s not a good sign. In fact, that’s a pretty good indication that you have gum disease. It’s also a good reason to make an appointment at Preston Dental Center as soon as you are able.

Call 919-823-6967 today to set up an appointment with our dental team in Cary, NC.

Watch for Signs of Trouble

This month is Gum Disease Awareness Month. With that in mind, we want to take you on a “what if” scenario.

Bleeding gums is often one of the symptoms of gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. You also may notice that your gums are swollen or appear redder than usual. For comparison, healthy gums look pink and feel firm.

Let’s say you ignore the signs of gingivitis. This could quickly become a more advanced infection, also known as periodontitis. You may notice new symptoms:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pimple-like bumps on your gums
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Sore gums
  • Gum tissue separating from your teeth
  • Loose teeth

It’s important to note that many people with periodontitis never feel pain, so it’s important to be aware of other symptoms. Likewise, gum disease is a frequent cause of missing teeth in the United States. After losing a tooth, you are more likely to lose additional teeth … unless you treat your gums and replace your missing tooth.

Take Care of Your Oral Health

You don’t have to go down this path. You can get treatment for your infection at Preston Dental Center whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis.

It may go without saying, but preventing gum disease is your best option. This is why you need to brush and floss daily. Brushing will remove a lot of plaque, harmful bacteria, and food particles from your teeth. However, you need to floss to get the spaces that your toothbrush doesn’t clean so well. You can use dental floss, flossers, or water flossers to clear out the spaces between your teeth and gums.

If you are showing signs of a gum infection, we can treat it with scaling and root planing. Think of this as a deeper cleaning than you would receive during a routine checkup. For more advanced issues, we can use a dental laser to target inflamed periodontal tissue. The laser also seals the healthy tissue, so sutures are not needed in most cases. This also speeds up the recovery process.

Act Now to Protect Your Smile

This month redouble your efforts to care for your gums. By making this a regular part of your daily routine, you can greatly reduce your risk of gum disease. Contact us online or call 919-823-6967 to prevent or treat periodontal problems at Preston Dental Center in Cary, NC.