Dentist Chesapeake, VA
We don’t like to think we have bad breath at any time, but it’s especially important during the holidays when we’re greeting friends, family, and other loved ones with extra hugs and kisses.
When halitosis, or bad breath is more than a temporary occurrence, or if you’ve noticed that your gums bleed when you floss or brush, or they’re sore and inflamed, you may be experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, the result of bacterial plaque that’s accumulated on your teeth and below the gum line. Call us at our dental office in Chesapeake for any gum disease symptoms.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that, left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, where the inflammation affects the underlying tissues and bones that support your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and can contribute to serious diseases such as diabetes. This link between gum disease and diabetes has been validated in a study of nearly 2 million dental patients. Bacterial plaque and inflammation contribute to high blood glucose levels, and makes it more difficult for diabetic patients to control their blood sugars. And the cause and effect of gum disease on diabetes goes both ways. Diabetic patients are more susceptible to infections in general, and those who don’t have their blood sugars under control are at particular risk for periodontal disease.
If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, if they’re red or sore to the touch, don’t delay in having these symptoms checked out. Dr. Tanya Brown uses the latest technologies to diagnose and gently treat gum disease. Oral DNA Molecular testing and powerful topical antibiotics can aid in pinpointing the bacteria present and treating your gum disease so your teeth and gums remain healthy.
Please call us at the Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA at 757.546.5262 if you have any signs or symptoms of gingivitis such as inflamed or bleeding gums or loose teeth. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain your optimal dental health and overall health and well-being.