We all do a lot more kissing at the holidays. It’s a time when we like to pass the spirit of the season on with hugs and kisses of all kinds, for loved ones both familiar and brand new!
Whether it’s a quick peck on the cheek or something more special, you don’t want your kisses to keep someone at arm’s length because of halitosis, or bad breath. Halitosis can be the result of something you recently ate or drank. But it could be a symptom of something more serious, such as a periodontal disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. You’ve probably heard of both of these dental conditions, but what are they, and what symptoms should you look for? We have many gentle treatments for gum disease here in Clinton Township, so don’t delay in having any of the following symptoms checked out.
Bacterial plaque that accumulates on your teeth can cause gingivitis, an inflammation of your gums which, left untreated, can worsen and turn into periodontitis, where the inflammation has infected the underlying tissues and bones that support your teeth. Once this happens, you can be in danger of losing your teeth. One of the first symptoms of periodontal disease is halitosis, or bad breath. Fortunately, treating gum disease is now a much more advanced, gentle, and comfortable process than it used to be. Most of the time, dental surgery can be avoided, but it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible!
If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, if they’re red or sore to the touch, don’t delay! Call us at our dental office in Clinton Township so we can thoroughly examine your teeth or gums for signs of gingivitis or more serious gum disease. We can then discuss treatment options with you, or we may refer you to a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in periodontal diseases.
If you’re in Clinton Township or surrounding areas in Macomb County, please call our Clinton Township dental office at 586.463.8635 if you notice any signs of gum disease. You can also contact us right from our website to schedule an appointment.