Bleeding gums are not normal. Healthy gingival tissue should not bleed during oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or dental floss, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist, as this symptom can be a sign of gum disease. Even if you notice bleeding, it is important to keep brushing and flossing as recommended until you visit our practice. Oral hygiene is important for controlling bacteria growth and plaque buildup.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a very dangerous oral health condition when it progresses to an advanced stage. Many people are surprised to learn that periodontal (gum) disease accounts for the majority of tooth loss among adults. This is because periodontal disease causes the breakdown of structures that support teeth, ultimately making them loose. The underlying cause of periodontal disease is irritated gum tissue that ultimately becomes infected. Gum disease can vary in severity and like many other types of conditions, early detection is important for securing a good prognosis.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Bleeding gums are a common symptom but a patient’s symptoms can vary. Some people develop discoloration along the gums. The gums can appear red or purple in color. Others may experience tenderness, gum recession, and tooth sensitivity since the roots of teeth become exposed.
Advanced gum disease can cause symptoms such as persistent bad breath and tooth loss, as well.
How is gum disease treated?
The type of treatment a person receives depends on the severity of their condition. After a patient is diagnosed with gum disease, a dentist will develop a treatment plan that addresses a person’s unique situation. Common treatments for periodontal disease include deep cleanings called scaling and root planing (SRP). SRP involves removing tartar accumulation along the roots of teeth and infected material deep between the gums and the crown of the tooth. In some instances, antibiotics and prescription mouth rinses may be administered to help control the infection.
If you have bleeding gums or other symptoms of periodontal disease, call our office at East Hills Dental Associates to reserve a checkup as soon as possible.