periodontitisIf you brushed your teeth and spit something pink, reddish, or with a tint of orange, your gums might be bleeding. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a dentist since bleeding gums are not normal and this is a sign of periodontal disease.

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, where gums bleed easily and become swollen and red. If treated then, it’s easy to reverse with a visit to your dentist and better oral hygiene. If untreated, it will advance to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth due to bone loss. Pockets form and become infected.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss.

Gingivitis is a non-destructive form of periodontal disease, but left untreated, gingivitis can lead to the destructive form known as periodontitis. Gingivitis is easier to reverse than periodontitis. With the latter, the infection has reached deeply into the bone surrounding your teeth and overlying gums.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums getting smaller and teeth looking longer
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth

Preventing and Reversing Gum Disease

What do bleeding gums mean? It’s time to brush more, floss regularly (daily), and go see your dentist. In its early stages (gingivitis), gum disease can be treated easily, mostly with better preventive care for gums. If it progresses to periodontitis, then treatment for periodontal disease will minimally require deep cleaning of the teeth (below the gum line).

Even with that, there will be bone loss and the potential to lose a tooth. Not only is that painful, but a missing tooth would need to be replaced with an implant or bridge. If your toothbrush regularly goes in white and comes out pink, contact Dr. Kidess today at (480) 991-2290 to schedule an appointment.