We all do a lot more kissing at the holidays. It’s a time when we like to pass the spirit of the season on with hugs and kisses of all kinds, for loved ones new and familiar!

Whether it’s a quick peck on the cheek or something more special, you don’t want your kisses to keep someone at arm’s length because of bad breath. We all experience temporary bad breath, such as garlic breath, from time to time. But chronic bad breath could be a symptom of something more serious, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. You’ve probably heard of both of these periodontal (or gum) diseases, but what are they, and what are their symptoms and how do we treat gum disease in Fairhope?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that can worsen and turn into periodontitis, where the inflammation has progressed to the tissues and bones that support your teeth. The cause of most periodontal disease is bacterial plaque on your teeth. One of the first symptoms of periodontal disease is chronic halitosis, or bad breath. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. But it can also increase the risks of more serious conditions such as diabetes. If you are diabetic, and have any of the signs of gum disease, it’s important to be examined as soon as possible.

When caught early, the solutions for periodontal disease can be as simple as more regular brushing and flossing. Our doctors at Northcutt Dental Practice use advanced treatment therapies such as an ultrasonic scaler or soft tissue laser to gently clear diseased tissue and bacteria.

If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, if they’re red or sore to the touch, don’t delay in having a dental checkup as soon as possible. At Northcutt Dental Practice, we always check your gums for any signs of gum disease. But if you think you might have any symptoms of periodontal disease, please contact us right away. Call our main Fairhope Dental Office, right on Highway 98. We also have offices in Bay Minette and Mobile if you live closer to those areas.

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