Bleeding Gums and Treatment
Bleeding Gums and Your Health
When Should You be Concerned about Bleeding Gums?
What do bleeding gums mean? Is it serious?
You should NEVER ignore the signs of Gum Disease
If your gums are bleeding every time you floss or brush your teeth please book for a checkup with our team here at ProCare Family Dental right away. Your Bleeding gums might be caused by something simple or only be a temporary affliction but long-term bleeding could be your body indicating a more serious problem.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Changes in the fit of dental appliances
- Persistent bad breath
- Sensitive gums
- Shifting teeth
Causes of Bleeding Gums
The most likely reason your gums are bleeding is because of plaque and tartar buildup at the base of your gums. Left untreated this will ultimately result in Gum Disease. Gum disease affects 75% of the adult population and remains the leading cause of tooth loss.
Other causes of bleeding gums.
- using a hard toothbrush and being too aggressive while brushing and flossing
- infection in the tooth or gums
- ill-fitted dentures and braces
- hormonal changes due to pregnancy
- medications to reduce blood clotting (thinning the blood)
Apart from these common causes, bleeding gums can also be indicators of more Serious Medical Problems such as Diabetes, Scurvy (Vitamin C Deficiency), Stress and Leukemia.
The two stages of Gum Disease
- Gingivitis Along the spectrum of periodontal disease (gum disease), gingivitis is the early stages which causes inflammation of the gums. As it can develop in to periodontitis it should be prevented or treated early.
- Periodontitis Periodontitis can develop from gingivitis and is at the more serious and damaging end of the gum disease spectrum. Permanent damage to the gums and soft tissue, as well as loss of teeth, are common outcomes.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums in Morton Grove
Treatment options can include:
- Dental cleanings: for very mild gingivitis, a thorough dental cleaning may be effective.
- Scaling and root planing(Deep Cleaning): this intensive cleaning will remove the plaque and tartar built up along the gum line and in pockets of the gums to allow the affected areas to heal.
- Antibiotic (Arestin) placement in the gum pockets. ARESTIN® fights infection and inflammation for 30 days, and provides significantly better results than scaling and root planing alone for up to 90 days
- Gum surgery: in more advanced cases of gum disease, known as periodontitis, our Doctors may recommend soft tissue surgery to remove diseased tissue and restore dental health. If necessary, they will coordinate care with a local periodontist for the best result.
The best prevention for gum disease is proper and regular oral health care. Brushing twice daily and flossing daily is recommended.
Secondly, regular six monthly visits with your dentist is important. We will be able to provide medical grade cleaning and uncover any problems you may be developing, before they get worse.Regular visits cleaning with us is very important for patients who have a previous history of gum disease.
If you suspect you have bleeding gums,, we’d love to meet with you and help you understand how it could affect your oral health. To learn more or book an appointment, contact ProCare Family Dental today.
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