Bleeding gums are an indication of periodontal disease. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Bleeding gums can be the first visible side effect of a serious oral condition known as gum disease. Bleeding gums are not normal, and should never be ignored. If your gums bleed when you are brushing or flossing your teeth correctly, be sure to notify your dentist.
Gum disease is progressive and worsens when left untreated. Advanced gum disease compromises the appearance, function, and health of all aspects of your oral health. Caught early, it can be managed to prevent further damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bone.
Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of systemic disease and is a leading cause of bone and tooth loss in adult patients. It can be prevented and maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist on a routine basis can help promote overall wellness and health.
How does gum disease cause my gums to bleed?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the soft oral tissue. Bacteria feed on plaque build-up found on and between teeth. As the bacteria multiply and spread they begin to form deep periodontal pockets in the gum line. The bacteria cause the gum tissues to become inflamed. Inflamed gums are tender, sore, and are easily damaged when a patient brushes or flosses.
As gums become more irritated by the bacterial infection they may also begin to recede. A receding gum line can leave the tooth root exposed and makes teeth sensitive to changes in temperature. Receding gums are also prone to bleeding.
How can I treat bleeding gums?
Gum disease is referred to as a “silent disease.” Often there are very few or no warning signs of gum disease until damage has already occurred, making routine oral health exams essential for preventing gum disease.
Bella Smiles provides a visual screening for periodontal disease at every routine dental check-up. Should your gums show any sign of gingivitis our dental care team will recommend steps you can take to reverse the effects of gum disease.
Do I have gum disease?
Some common side effects or warning signs that it may be developing include:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gum line
- Changes in the fit of a denture
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Swollen or red gums
To prevent the gums from bleeding patients must address the underlying cause of the inflamed tissue. If gums bleed regularly, patients should schedule a visit with us in our Riverhead, Roslyn, or Nesconset dentist office. Bella Smiles offers comprehensive treatment for gum disease.
We can help you treat your gums and make personalized recommendations on how to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine to prevent further flare-ups.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of advanced gum disease, our Long Island dental offices provide a full range of periodontal and restorative treatments to restore health to your smile. We help patients clear out disease-causing bacteria and address any additional dental concerns that may have resulted as a consequence of living with gum disease.
Bella Smiles provides full-service dental implants, periodontal therapy, and cosmetic treatments for the complete restoration of your teeth and gums.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
What happens if you leave gum disease untreated?
If left untreated gum disease puts a patient at risk for a variety of health issues. These include heart issues, shifting teeth, irritated and inflamed gums, and a higher risk for strokes, and heart attacks.
Can gum disease disappear over time?
Over time gum disease may get worse. Gum disease is a progressive disease that does not go away on its own. Once the first stage of gum disease has developed, treatment is required in order to reverse it.
What are the stages of gum disease?
There are four main stages of gum disease. The first is gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed if caught and treated early enough. The second stage is slight periodontal disease. The third stage is moderate periodontal disease. The last and most severe stage of gum disease is advanced periodontal disease.
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Do not ignore bleeding gums. Contact your Bella Smiles dentist office today to schedule an oral health exam to prevent the spread of oral disease. We welcome new patients to our warm and friendly dentist office. We serve patients from Roslyn, Hampton Bays, Nesconset, and many North Shore communities.