Bleeding gums is a sign of a disease. Contrary to popular opinion it is not: a sign that you are doing a good job flossing, a reason not to floss, or an indicator that you are healthy. Bleeding gums is caused by bacteria in the space between your teeth and tissue that prompt an immune response from your body. This response causes inflammation and can ultimately lead to destruction of healthy gum tissue, which in turn can lead to loss of attachment between the gums and the teeth. This could mean your teeth become more wiggly and that was only a good thing when you were a kid. Replacing permanent teeth can be a real challenge for patients. You have options but the best replacement gets more and more expensive and ultimately our goal and hopefully your goal, is to maintain the healthy teeth you have.
How often should I come into the office?
The most common answer is twice a year. Most insurance providers pay for checkups every 6 months. This can be important in catching or monitoring the progress of disease associated with your oral health. That being said, some patients may require appointments every 3 to 4 months depending on the state of their oral health. Others might be able to go a year between trips to the dentist. Ultimately it becomes a case by case decision between the Doctor and the patient.
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