Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

We always stress the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth for optimal oral health. Do you often notice signs of pink or red when you brush or floss your teeth? If so, you may be experiencing bleeding gums. While bleeding gums does not always mean there is an issue with your oral health, as it can happen on occasion from something as simple as food trapped between your teeth, if you experience bleeding gums frequently, it can be a warning of a significant issue. Continue reading to learn more about what may be causing your bleeding gums.

What To Know About Gum Disease

At Friendly Family Dentistry, we continuously stress to our patients the importance of maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. Most patients assume that preventing tooth decay is the reason we are so passionate about cleaning teeth properly. While this is absolutely true, maintaining good oral hygiene also helps to prevent other oral health issues that can cause a great deal of damage to your mouth. Gum disease is one of these issues. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue.

Does My Breath Stink?

Do you like to keep a comfortable distance when speaking to others out of fear that your breath isn’t fresh? It isn’t uncommon to experience bad breath once and a while. A cup of coffee or meal full of garlic often has patients reaching for the gum, toothbrush, or mouthwash. If you are often experiencing people taking a few steps back when you speak with them, you might be suffering from chronic bad breath. Frequent bad breath is a warning sign that you might be dealing with a serious issue that cannot be treated with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

How To Prevent Gum Disease

During these challenging and unknown times, everyone is trying their best to boost their immune system and remain healthy. We all know that handwashing for 20 seconds multiple times a day is effective in combating illnesses and is helpful in avoiding getting sick. It is important to remember that your oral health also plays an important role in your overall health. Gum disease can be harmful to your teeth and gums, also increasing the risks of some serious health problems. Continue reading to learn more about gum disease and how to prevent it.

It’s good to know the signs

We hope your new year is off to a great start. Here in the office, it’s our goal every year to help keep our patients’ dental health in check. During your routine checkups, we take time to not only clean your teeth but to check for any signs of dental issues. In particular, we want to make sure we catch a certain oral disease before it progresses and causes complications such as tooth loss. Continue reading to find out more.

Half of Adult Americans Have This Disease

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your oral health — and overall health — is to practice good oral hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day has a bigger impact than you may think. Without it, plaque and food can build up on your teeth, resulting in bacteria that hardens into tartar. Left untreated, tartar can irritate the gums and lead to gum disease, otherwise known as periodontal disease. Unfortunately, it is a common disease. A study by the Center for Disease Control found that half of adult Americans have some kind of periodontal disease.