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By Blue Ridge Dental
September 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health

If you’ve ever brushed or flossed your teeth and experienced bleeding or pain, it may be a sign of something more serious. It’s important that you’re aware of the common signs of periodontal disease so that you can seek out treatment before it becomes even more serious. Dr. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, can explain periodontal treatment and what symptoms you should be aware of.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

It’s important that you can recognize the common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease so that you can seek out periodontal treatment from your dentist in Mount Airy, NC, as soon as possible to prevent your disease from getting worse and more serious. The longer you take to seek treatment, the more difficult it might be to treat, which is why it’s important to be able to recognize the early signs.

Some common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Tender gums
  • Swollen and red gums
  • Pus between the teeth and gums

Once you notice any of these common symptoms, you should be sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible to check for periodontal disease. If your dentist does confirm the periodontal disease, they’ll be able to start treatment as soon as possible to help keep your gums healthy and free of disease. Keeping your gums healthy is an important part of keeping your smile healthy and can prevent issues in other parts of your body. When the periodontal disease goes untreated, it can spread bacteria throughout your entire body and cause heart disease or other issues.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

Don’t ignore signs of periodontal disease! Contact Dr. Bennett Smith and Dr. Lynette Smith at Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, to learn more about periodontal disease and how you can keep your smile healthy for years. Call today at (336) 789-5306.


By Blue Ridge Dental
September 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extractions  

Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith of Blue Ridge Dental perform tooth extractions in Mount Airy, NC, for patients with damaged teeth. Sometimes it's best for the health of your mouth to remove a damaged tooth, and we can help!

Signs your tooth needs to be extracted

It is always your dentist's goal to help preserve your natural teeth to keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. But when a tooth is hopelessly decayed or damaged, it's best for the health of your mouth to have it completely removed. These are some reasons you may need an extraction:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Damage by trauma like a chip
  • A tooth cracked below the gum line
  • Removing teeth for orthodontic treatment
  • Overcrowding

In these cases, removing teeth would be beneficial for the health of your mouth and orthodontic treatment. Tooth extractions at Blue Ridge Dental keep your mouth healthy.

Tooth extractions

When you need a tooth extraction in Mount Airy, NC, don't panic! This minor surgery is routine and your mouth will feel back to normal in just a few days. Your dentist will start with an x-ray to assess the tooth and help predict any complications with the extraction. Typically you are numbed with local anesthesia. Other sedatives like oral medication and nitrous oxide can be used as well. A tooth may need to be sectioned or broken into pieces to remove.

After your extraction, the socket is packed with gauze to stop any bleeding and you may need stitches. While you heal, stick to a soft food diet. You may have some swelling and discomfort for a couple of days, and your dentist may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to help with any pain.

When you need a tooth extraction in Mount Airy, NC, Dr. Lynette Smith and Dr. Bennett Smith are here for you at Blue Ridge Dental. Contact us for an appointment at (336) 789-5306.