We do! At the dental office of Dr. J.A. Reynolds, gum disease is one of our top concerns at every visit for every patient. In fact, we’re going to devote the next few blogs to gum disease so our patients know how to recognize it and what to do about it.
What Is Gum Disease?
“Periodontal disease” is the technical name for gum disease, an infection of those tissues that support your teeth.
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. Your gums may be red and swollen, and may bleed easily when brushing or flossing. Even a little bleeding is NOT ok, and it’s a sign that you should visit our dental office in Franklin soon.
Periodontitis is more advanced gum disease and occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. Bacterial plaque on your teeth irritates your gums and they start to break down. This creates deeper and deeper pockets around your teeth until they start to loosen or even fall out.
If you notice any sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, or loose teeth, see your Franklin dentist right away! We always make every effort to save your natural teeth. Sure, we can replace lost teeth, but wouldn’t you rather smile with your own teeth?
Healthy teeth and gums are important building blocks for good overall health and well being as well. That’s why we take our time during comprehensive exams and checkups to look for any signs of periodontal disease. In our next blog, we’ll talk more about the links between gum disease and other serious health conditions. You might be surprised to learn how healthy gums and your general health are connected!
If you’re due for a regular visit, or have any questions or concerns about your teeth and gums, give us a call at our Franklin dental office at 615-794-2444 today.