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You probably know that you should brush and floss your teeth every day if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Still, what would you do if noticed your gums bleeding after you brushed or flossed? Similarly, have you ever wondered what you might do about bleeding, swollen, or red gums?

Sadly, each of these issues could actually be symptoms of gum disease. Luckily, our team can usually recognize the signs of gum disease before they become too serious. However, gingivitis can actually be far more serious if it isn’t caught quickly enough. While brushing and flossing your teeth are often enough to protect your teeth, did you know that other issues could lead to gum disease? This is another reason we recommend scheduling regular appointments with us.

You may also have gingivitis because of plaque buildup which can harden into tartar. You see, if you brush and floss at home, you should be able to remove plaque before it becomes tartar, but once plaque has hardened, you won’t be able to remove it at home. Sadly tartar can also allow bacteria to get beneath your gumline. Once this happens, your gums could actually separate from your teeth.

If your gum disease becomes severe enough, you may need to consider extensive treatments. To learn more about gum disease in Southfield, Michigan, please feel free to give Sylvan S. Stern, DDS a call at 248-559-0995. Our dentist, Dr. Sylvan Stern, and our team will be happy to inspect your teeth for signs of trouble. We look forward to hearing from you soon.