It can sometimes be easy to ignore a little pink in the sink when you brush and floss your teeth. Many people write this off by thinking they might have just brushed and flossed their teeth a little too aggressively. However, this small amount of blood is often a sign of gum disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results from a poor or inconsistent oral hygiene routine that fails to effectively remove residual food particles and plaque from your teeth and gumline.
When this happens, the residual food particles and plaque host bacteria, which harden to form tartar. Hardened tartar at the gumline introduces a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation and a minor infection in your gum tissues.
Other symptoms of gingivitis include red or inflamed gums, bleeding gums, and chronic issues with bad breath.
In many cases, gingivitis can be treated and reversed with a routine dental cleaning and diligent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.
If gingivitis is detected and treated early, it will not develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease, which known as periodontitis.
If you’ve been seeing a little pink in the sink when you brush your teeth, you should contact us at 210-526-0925 and schedule an appointment today. Our friendly staff is always here to help you in any way we can.