Do you see some blood in the sink after you brush? That’s not anything to ignore. Call our Panama City, FL dental office today at 850-588-0185 and make an appointment. Chances are you have gum disease. If untreated, gum disease can cause your teeth to fall out. Thankfully, Dr. Patel has several treatment options to help fight gum disease and save your smile.
Serious Problems Caused By Gum Disease
What causes gum disease? It’s caused by the same harmful bacteria behind cavities.
Your mouth his home to bacteria. They survive by eating tiny particles of food and drink left behind in your mouth. That’s why brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings are so important; they deprive harmful bacteria of the food they need to grow.
As they grow, bacteria secrete an acid. When the bacteria live on your teeth, that acid corrodes enamel and creates cavities. When they live on your gums instead, the acid irritates and damages your gum tissues.
Such damage to your gums causes they to bleed easily. Eventually, those gums will pull away from your teeth. That leads to loose teeth which can fall out.
How do you know if you have gum disease? Here are some of the common signs:
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Tender, swollen, or sore gums
- Discolored, dark gums
- Halitosis (chronic bad breath)
- Loose teeth
If you have any of these signs, call us immediately at 850-588-0185 and schedule an appointment. Only a highly trained dentist like Dr. Patel can help you fight gum disease and protect your smile.
Gum Disease Myths
Gum disease is important, but unlike cavities, it’s not as well-known. That means there are a lot of myths surrounding this dental problem. Here are four of the biggest gum disease myths you need to ignore.
MYTH #1: Seeing blood in the sink is normal if you brush too often or too hard.
Technically, you could brush your teeth so aggressively that you cut your gums and see some blood afterward. However, you would need to brush ridiculously hard to cut healthy gum tissue. Try using your toothbrush on your hand to see how hard that would be. It’s not normal to bleed from your gums at all.
By calling our Panama City, FL dental office today, you can make an appointment for gum disease treatment. Dr. Patel has the experience needed to know what gum disease looks like and how best to treat it.
MYTH #2: If you have bad breath, you definitely have gum disease.
It’s true that halitosis is a sign of gum disease. That’s because the acid produced by harmful bacteria kill off gum tissue cells. This more-or-less means your gum tissues are dying off, creating a bad smell. However, you could have halitosis from other sources, including your diet.
That’s why you need to call Dr. Patel today for an appointment. With his training, he can determine if you are suffering from gum disease or not. Thankfully, he can treat gum disease if you really do have it.
MYTH #3: Gum disease can always be cured.
Sadly, this is a myth. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and Dr. Patel can get rid of gingivitis. But if you ignore gum disease for too long, it becomes periodontitis. This version is permanent! You can treat the symptoms, but the disease is there to stay.
Call Panama City Smiles today for an appointment for gum disease treatment. With root planing, scaling, and antibiotics, Dr. Patel can get rid of gingivitis before it becomes permanent. However, he needs you to come in before it gets too late.
MYTH #4: Gum disease is genetic, so some people can’t avoid it.
Some diseases like cancer and diabetes have a genetic root. If your parents have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk to get it. However, gum disease is not like these. It’s caused by neglecting your dental hygiene.
You’re at a higher risk for gum disease when you skip brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. That’s because you’re not getting rid of the food particles feeding the harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Call us TODAY at 850-588-0185 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for gum disease treatment. Thanks to Dr. Patel’s years of experience and training, you can get rid of gum disease and stop seeing that blood in your sink. You just need to call us first.