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Pink In The Sink? See The Dentist Marietta, GA

Pink In The Sink? See The Dentist

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It is not uncommon for patients to notice a streak of blood in their spit after brushing their teeth. If you only notice it once, you may have brushed too hard or had a sensitive area on your gums. However, if you consistently notice pink in the sink during your oral hygiene routine, it is best to make an appointment with your dentist.

Bleeding gums are a primary sign of gum disease. Gum disease typically begins with the slow but steady accumulation of plaque along your teeth roots and gum line. When the plaque doesn’t get brushed away, it hardens and causes the gums to pull away from the tooth roots. Here, it creates deep pockets of tissue for food debris, bacteria and more plaque to accumulate. This triggers a serious gum infection that needs to be treated.

While gum disease begins with the slightly disruptive symptoms of gingivitis, it can quickly progress to advanced periodontitis, where your underlying bone and teeth are at risk for survival. Therefore, it becomes imperative that you take the necessary measures to stop gum disease in its relentless journey to destroy your smile.

If you see blood after brushing or flossing, this probably means your gums are inflamed (swollen) or irritated. These are indicators that your gum health is compromised and needs to be restored. There are several things your dentist can do to reverse the early signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums:

A simple routine cleaning. How long has it been since you saw a dentist? Your smile may benefit from a simple, yet professional, dental cleaning to get your gums back on track.

A change in your oral hygiene routine. It is almost a guarantee that your dentist will also encourage you to do a better job with your brushing and flossing efforts, whether that includes better technique or more frequency.

A deep cleaning. One of the first and most effective lines of defense for mild to moderate gum disease is a deep cleaning. This is different than a routine cleaning, and is termed a “scaling and root planing” procedure. This extensive cleaning will eradicate the bacteria from deep inside your gum pockets as well as encourage the gums to reattach to the tooth roots.

An advanced laser treatment. In more severe cases, gum disease patients may need a more advanced course of treatment, which may involve soft tissue dental lasers to restore your gum health.

An evaluation of your risk factors. In all cases, it is important to recognize your risk factors for gum disease so that you can avoid “pink in the sink” episodes going forward. For example, a family history of gum disease and regular use of tobacco products will dramatically increase your chances for gum disease.

Your gums should be able to withstand a regular brushing session for two minutes, twice a day. If you are holding back your cleaning efforts for fear of irritating your gums, you may need to consider a visit to Gilreath Family Dentistry for gum disease evaluation and treatment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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