It is estimated that 2 out of 3 adults has some form of gum disease that may compromise their oral health. Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs of gum disease and should be addressed promptly. Dr. Freano can recommend appropriate periodontal therapy treatment options to restore oral health.
What Does It Mean If My Gums Are Bleeding From Brushing or Flossing?
If you notice your gums bleeding during flossing or brushing, it is imperative that you visit a trusted dental professional. Bleeding gums are typically a symptom of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can impact the health and stability of the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure.
Signs That You May Have Gum Disease
The signs and symptoms of gum disease may vary from patient to patient. Understanding the signs of gum disease can help patients recognize dysfunction in their oral health.
- Red, swollen gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gum line
- Pockets between the gums and teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Shifting teeth
Gum Disease FAQs
What are the stages of gum disease?
Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.
In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. No irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred at this stage.
What can cause gum disease?
Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These can include:
- Bad habits such as smoking make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
- Poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
- The family history of dental disease can be a contributing factor for the development of gingivitis.
What is the consequence if you leave gum disease untreated?
If gum disease is not treated it can result in many gum issues, and overall health issues later in life. It is also very painful. Gum disease is known to cause extreme damage to patients’ gums. It also may contribute to a stroke or heart attack which are both life threatening. This is why it is very important to treat gum disease.
How can you prevent gum disease from returning post treatment?
Gum disease is known to be a recurring disease, even after treatment. It can be known to come back as early as 2 to 4 months post treatment. The best way to prevent it from coming back is to be more consistent and intentional about your oral care. Scheduling regular dental visits, specifically around the time when your gum disease begins to present itself is a good way to try to keep it away.
Can having gum disease shorten your life?
Studies have not been able to show a direct link between gum disease and premature death, however there is evidence that shows a link between oral health and the age at which patients pass away. Poor oral health can shorten someone’s life.
Periodontal Therapy In Lexington, KY
The treatment you receive will depend on the stage of gum disease and the severity of damage to the surrounding teeth, gum tissue, and bone structure. We will perform a full evaluation to determine the best solution to restore health and function to your smile. Dr. Freano offers a full range of periodontal therapy service to address various stage of gum disease.
Routine dental care: this plays an important role in maintaining gum health as well as an opportunity for Dr. Freano and his staff to spot the signs of early gum disease and recommend treatment.
Scaling and root planing: for patients with more advanced gum disease, Dr. Freano may recommend this procedure for removing tartar and plaque from deep pockets of the gums.
Gum surgery: if the gum tissue has become severely damaged or the integrity of the tooth is affected, Dr. Freano may refer the patient to a periodontist for further treatment or gum surgery.
If you have gums that bleed, schedule a visit with Dr. Freano to address possible gum disease or learn more about proper brushing techniques to maintain gum health between visits.