Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are critical for good dental health. Sometimes our patients at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning. Is that bleeding a problem?

Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it shouldn’t concern you. But if it lasts much longer, you really need to come back to our office so we can check further for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease arises when plaque builds up along the gum line. It can be painless, so you may have it and not even realize it. In the earliest stages it is called gingivitis. Left untreated, it can travel below the gum line and get into the bone. That’s a more serious condition called periodontitis.

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. It also puts you at risk for conditeions like heart disease and diabetes. Early detection is the best way to prevent gum disease.

At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston we stress good dental health in all our patients. Patients come to our office from East Spring, West Cypress, and Klein for complete general and cosmetic dentistry, and so much more. Please call our office to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adult Americans, yet many people are surprisingly under-informed about it. In this blog post from The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we share some basic facts about gum disease.

  • In its earliest and most treatable stage, gum disease is called gingivitis. The more advanced form is called periodontitis.
  • More than half of Americans who are thirty and older have periodontitis. That equals nearly sixty-five million people.
  • The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, and have a dental checkup twice a year.
  • Gum disease is silent. You could have it but be completely unaware.
  • Tiny amounts of blood in the sink when you brush is not normal. If you see a little blood when you brush and floss, make an appointment with us right away.
  • Improved brushing and flossing, along with using an antiseptic mouthwash, is often enough to successfully treat gingivitis.
  • Advanced gum disease affects bone and ligaments, in addition to the gums. It requires more aggressive treatment, such as deep cleaning, but it too can be reversed.
  • Gum disease has been linked to more serious health conditions, including heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

These are frightening facts. It reminds us of the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

To put it another way: guard your dental health with regular brushing and flossing, and regular checkups at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We offer complete general and cosmetic dentistry. Call to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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Preventing Gum Disease At The Gentle Art of Dentistry

Preventing Gum Disease at The Gentle Art of DentistryRun your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, we perform the most thorough dental cleanings possible.

Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached from the tooth, creating a ‘pocket’. This creates a new space for plaque and tartar to grow. In advanced stages of periodontal disease, the toxins created by the bacteria literally rot the gum, teeth and bone.

Gum disease can be reversed in its early stages. Our goal is to help our patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs.

Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.

If you are showing any signs of gum disease at all, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know at The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Gentle Art of Dentistry:

281-469-8029

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

102 Vintage Park Blvd, Suite D
Houston, Texas
77070

 

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