If your gums are red, tender, or swollen, or if they usually bleed after you brush, you could have gum disease. If you ignore these symptoms, gum disease can progress and eventually lead to more serious problems. Thankfully, Dr. Cornell and the team at our Tulsa, OK dental office can help get rid of the disease and restore your health.
Tooth decay (which creates cavities) is caused by harmful bacteria living on the enamel of your teeth. They secrete an acid that decays the enamel. When these bacteria decide to live on your gums instead, that acid irritates the gums and can cause gum disease. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, or if you tend to skip your twice-yearly dental office visits, you are more likely to get gum disease.
There are two types of gum disease:
The most common signs of gum disease include gums that are red, swollen, or tender. If you bleed from your gums when you brush and floss, that’s probably a sign that you have gingivitis or periodontitis. For some people, the gums start pulling away from the teeth, creating little pockets between the teeth and gums that allow even more bacteria to grow. Chronic bad breath is another sign. But to make sure gum disease really is present, we can do a biopsy where we test a small sample of your gum tissue for problems.
We offer several treatments for gum disease.
The best way to prevent gingivitis and periodontitis is by keeping your mouth clean. This gets rid of the tiny food particles that bacteria use to live and grow. Brush and floss regularly like you should. And make sure you schedule two appointments a year with our office for cleanings and exams. Dr. Cornell has the training and specialized tools to really clean your mouth well.
With our gum disease treatments, we can help stop your gums from being red or swollen or even from bleeding after you brush. Call us or email us today to schedule your next appointment.