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Periodontal Disease or “Gum Disease”

brushing-teeth2By Dr. Karl Anderson

What is the number one sign of active periodontal disease?

  • a) recession (tissue loss around your teeth)
  • b) pocket depth (the numbers hygienists read when you get your teeth cleaned)
  • c) pathologic bone loss
  • d) bleeding

The correct answer is bleeding. Though all of the other answers can be signs of presently active or past problems, bleeding gums are the most rail tell sign of active and progressing periodontal disease. Many people believe that brushing or flossing causes their gums to bleed. It’s the exact opposite. Properly brushing or flossing should get rid of bleeding gums you may need professional help. Come see us at Anderson Dental where you will receive quality and integrity.

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