Do you notice your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss?
Gum disease is a common, more serious dental concern that our office treats regularly with periodontal disease treatment. However, our goal is to help our patients avoid the progression of gum disease by stopping it in its tracks at its earliest symptoms. When you notice your gums are bleeding, this is a sign of gingivitis or the early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can usually be treated with a thorough and professional teeth-cleaning by Dr. Hedlund. We recommend a professional teeth-cleaning because often at-home oral hygiene care is not enough to remove the plaque that has hardened into tartar around your gumline. Tartar is often the cause of gum inflammation and must be removed by a professional dentist like Dr. Hedlund. If you’ve noticed your gums are bleeding whenever you brush or floss, schedule an appointment online today.
Gum Disease: What You Need To Know
If your gingivitis progresses to gum disease, this means that the bacteria surrounding your gums have begun to infect and eat away at your soft tissue. If left untreated, it can also damage your jawbone and cause tooth loss. The following are common symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Tender or sore gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Gum swelling
Gum Disease: What You Can Do
Periodontal disease treatment involves a wide range of treatment options to rid your mouth of infected soft tissue. Scaling and root planning is a deep cleaning technique that can be used to rid the deep pockets of your gums of disease-causing bacteria. The goal is to remove infected soft tissue from your smile. Dr. Hedlund can also recommend antibacterial rinses that will help reduce the amount of bacteria surrounding your gums. Occasionally, oral surgery is recommended depending on the severity of your case.
The best way to reduce your chances of gum disease it to schedule regular teeth cleaning with Dr. Hedlund. Our office recommends seeing us at least once every six months for preventative dental care. This allows us to keep a close and professional eye on the soft tissues of your mouth and prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place.