December 20, 2017


Are your gums swollen and painful to the touch? Do you see blood every time you brush your teeth? You may have the early stages of gum disease, a progressive disease that can cause tooth loss and other health risks. Dr. Bradley Ross is a professional periodontist at South Florida Periodontics & Dental Implants with great skill in treating gum disease in Miami, FL. He can help you spot, and treat, gum disease while it is still reversible.

Effects of Gum Disease

Neglecting oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis, a gum infection caused by the bacteria in plaque buildup. If untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease, which erodes your teeth and the gums, bones and ligament that hold them in your mouth. Poor oral health that leads to gum disease is also a factor in a variety of health issues, including stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Various medical studies, including one from the Centers of Disease Control, support these relationship findings.

Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease

See a periodontist if you have any signs of gum disease. Symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Blood from brushing, flossing or even eating hard food
  • Receding gums, which make teeth appear longer
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth

Causes of gum disease vary, but typically include one or more of the following:

  • Plaque buildup from poor oral care
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Poor nutrition

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

If your periodontist diagnoses gum disease, you may be able to halt it in the early stages with an aggressive cleaning practice followed by regular brushing and flossing. Bi-annual dental cleanings are another important part of good oral health, serving to remove plaque buildup in hard-to-reach areas.

Learn more about how to fight gum disease from an expert. Contact our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Ross.



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