Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

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Gums that bleed while flossing can be due to a number of issues; however, if it is a common occurrence, it may likely be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. To be sure, bleeding gums while flossing and performing daily oral hygiene routines could be caused by factors other than gum disease. These include a vitamin deficiency, a reaction to certain medications, ill-fitting dentures, or even the fact that you may have just started flossing... Continue Reading

Should I Be Concerned if I Have Gums That Bleed?

Do you equate a healthy, attractive smile with teeth that are dazzling white and cavity free. Absolutely! Yet, while these are undoubtedly major factors, the condition and health of your gums is another part you shouldn’t overlook. As your dentist in Elgin, Dr. Dean Lodding wants you to know your gums play an important role in the health of your smile and are also linked to your overall well-being. What Your Gums are Telling You... Continue Reading

What is Perio Therapy and What Does It Mean for You?

You may have heard the terms "periodontics" or "perio therapy" mentioned at Dr. Lodding's office, but what exactly do those terms mean? Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth, including your gums. Perio therapy is the treatment and healing of those structures. Do you experience canker sores? They're a common issue for many patients, and perio therapy is the perfect solution for relieving and preventing them! How... Continue Reading

Periodontics Team in Elgin Ask: What’s in Your Dental Pockets?

There’s evidence that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for dementia through bacterial and viral infections commonly found with periodontal disease. Our periodontics team in Elgin is concerned about whether you’ve had your gum tissues professionally examined recently. Do you experience any bleeding when brushing or flossing? Are your gums puffy? Sensitive? Periodontal infections can result in elevating the systemic inflammatory response in your body. Science has been indicating this may contribute to existing... Continue Reading

Gum Disease: Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis

Gum disease is a serious problem that affects a lot of adults in the U.S. and around the world. In order to lower the chances of developing gum disease, it's necessary to understand it to the best of your ability. We're here to help. In this blog post, we will be outlining the key differences and similarities between two forms of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. To begin, we will start by describing each form.... Continue Reading

Learn About Laser-Assisted Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

Dr. Lodding is committed to providing the best preventative treatment advanced dentistry has to offer. As an Elgin periodontist providing periodontics with laser therapy, he has increased the ability to serve patients with virtually painless, quick healing and faster acting gum therapy. Gums benefit from laser treatments because of bacterial decontamination, soft tissue recontouring, tissue and bone regeneration, as well as treating canker and cold sores. After laser treatment for canker sores or cold sores,... Continue Reading