One of the first signs of periodontal disease is bleeding of the gums when you brush or floss, or pink or red blood in your saliva when you rinse or spit. Many patients think this is normal, but it isn’t! If your hands bled when you washed them, you would be concerned. You should also be concerned if your gums bleed when you clean them!
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it, because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Since the disease is often painless, it can be tricky! Patients can have it, and it can advance, without any pain at all, and they won’t be aware or convinced that they need treatment. But bleeding is actually tissue breaking down. If you see pink when you are brushing or flossing, please call us today.
Periodontal disease can be completely reversed in it’s early stages, and easily stopped and controlled even in moderate or advancing cases. Treatment is relatively easy, and usually consists of a series of root planing or scaling visits ( deep cleaning). Antibiotics or antimicrobial medicines can be extremely effective. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Over 75% of adults have some form of periodontal disease. The goal is not to allow it to advance.
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