Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Blood in the sink can indicate the onset of gum disease. Periodontitis occurs when plaque byproducts destroy the gum tissues that anchor your teeth in the bone.
The gums deteriorate and begin detaching themselves from the teeth forming gum pockets, which allows more plaque to collect below the gum line. This causes the roots of the teeth to become susceptible to decay.
In addition to regular brushing, flossing and dental exams, Dr. Navid recommends an annual periodontal check-up. An annual periodontal exam will include periodontal charting and x-rays to monitor any potential bone loss stemming from gum disease.
you are experiencing bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, or have noticed gum sensitivity, schedule an appointment with Petaluma Family Dentistry to evaluate your periodontal health.