Bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease, an early warning symptom that infection of the gums is developing. If your gums bleed when brushing your teeth or flossing daily you should schedule a visit or discuss at an upcoming dental appointment. Early treatment is important and can help avoid more complex dental problems down the road.
Great Smile Dental is home to a team of dedicated dentists who work together when helping patients address concerns. We emphasize the importance of gum health and screen for the signs of disease during routine dental care. Keeping the gums healthy supports the stability of your teeth and can also play a role in your overall health and wellness.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Recognizing the common signs of developing periodontal disease can help patients avoid permanent damage to the teeth and gums. In addition to bleeding gums, there are other signs to watch for and if present, seek evaluation from your dentist at Great Smile Dental.
- Red, swollen gums
- Increased sensitivity
- Pockets between the gums and teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of the bite or oral appliances
- Shifting teeth
Why Treat Gum Disease?
Healthy gums support healthy, stable smiles. The gums play several important roles in your overall health, beginning with serving as the support structure for the teeth. When gum disease develops and progresses, it damages tissue that supports the tooth roots and allows harmful bacteria to erode the gums and also cause tooth decay. Without treatment, gum disease can lead to complex problems and tooth loss.
The gums also provide a barrier between the mouth and the bloodstream, helping to prevent bacteria in the mouth from entering the bloodstream and leading to internal inflammation when the immune system is triggered. Progressive gum disease has been shown to increase your risk for the development of cardiovascular related disease and systemic disease, especially diabetes. For patients who have existing heart or systemic related medical conditions, poor oral health can make it difficult to manage symptoms.
Periodontal Therapy in Port St. Lucie
The treatment of your gum disease will be dependent upon the stage and severity of symptoms. We will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your gums and make appropriate recommendations for addressing symptoms and any existing damage. The goal of treatment is to restore and stabilize the health of your gums.
- Antibacterial rinses: for early-stage gum disease, the use of an antibacterial rinse as part of your daily hygiene routine may be sufficient. This may also be recommended for patients with chronic gum disease or those taking medications that can impact gum health.
- Scaling and root planing: a thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces and along the gum line with special tools for removing plaque.
- Oral surgery: in advanced cases of periodontitis we may need to consider surgical treatments to remove diseased tissue and promote healing.