Bleeding Gums Riverhead, Roslyn and Nesconset, NY

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, gum disease. Bleeding gums are not normal, and you should never ignore them. 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, gum health, and all aspects of your oral health. When caught early, your dentist can manage it to prevent further damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bone.

Gum disease has links to an increased risk of systemic disease and is a leading cause of bone and tooth loss in adult patients. You can prevent it by maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist on a routine basis. This will also 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 causes inflamed gum tissue.

Inflamed gums are tender and sore, and 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.

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How can I treat bleeding gums?

Gum disease is a silent disease. Often there are few or no warning signs of until there is already damage to your gums. This is why routine oral health exams are essential for preventing gum disease.

Bella Smiles provides a visual screening for periodontal disease at every routine dental check-up. Should you show any sign of gingivitis, our dental care team will recommend steps you can take to reverse the effects of gum disease.

Some common side effects or warning signs that it may be developing include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Halitosis
  • 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 dental office. Bella Smiles offers comprehensive treatment for gum disease.

We make personalized recommendations on how to improve your at-home dental hygiene routine to prevent further flare-ups.

If you are currently experiencing symptoms of advanced gum disease, contact us. Our Long Island dental offices provide a range of periodontal and restorative treatments to restore health to your gums. We help patients clear out disease-causing bacteria and address any additional dental concerns.

Bella Smiles provides full-service dental implants, periodontal therapy, and cosmetic treatments for the complete restoration of your teeth and gums.

What happens if you leave gum disease untreated?

Gum disease puts a patient at risk for a variety of health issues without treatment. These include heart issues, shifting teeth, irritated and inflamed gums, and a higher risk for strokes, and heart attacks. That’s why it’s important to let your dentist remove plaque and address gum inflammation. After treatment, your mouth will heal and regrow healthy gum tissue.

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 you are in the first stage of gum disease, you will require treatment to reverse it. Our dentists will prevent your bleeding and receding gums from further damaging your mouth.

What are the stages of gum disease?

Gum disease has four primary stages. The first is gingivitis. Symptoms may include red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Your dentist can reverse gingivitis if they catch it and treat it early enough.

The second stage is early periodontitis, or slight periodontal disease. Once in the second stage, the disease is irreversible. In this stage, the inflammation spreads below the gum line. This leads to the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums.

The third stage is moderate periodontal disease. The pockets between the teeth and gums deepen. Bacteria accumulates and cause further damage to the gums and surrounding bone.

The last and most severe stage of gum disease is advanced periodontitis. The disease destroys the supporting bone and fibers that hold the teeth in place. Without treatment, teeth may become loose or even fall out.

Request a Dental Exam & Consultation Today

Don’t ignore the buildup of plaque, and take steps to stop bleeding gums. Contact your Bella Smiles dental 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.