The human body is an amazing system of checks and balances. When functioning properly, all parts of the body tend to look good, as well as feel good. Conversely, when functioning improperly, we may notice symptoms such as pain, swelling, and bleeding. It is our job to recognize the signs of poor health, no matter how small, and seek the appropriate treatment from our dentist as soon as possible.
In terms of gum disease or gingivitis, these symptoms are easily recognizable in the early stages. Bleeding is never considered normal in the oral cavity. Bleeding during brushing and flossing, with or without tenderness, is an issue that should be discussed openly with your dentist.
As bleeding gums are an early indicator of gum disease, addressing the issue as soon as possible may be the best way to protect your health. In fact, bleeding is a sign of infection in the body. When the infection can be limited to a small area and treated appropriately, it can be resolved and the body can return to a healthy state. When the infection is not addressed, it becomes chronic and more widespread, posing a risk to your overall health.
From an esthetic standpoint, bleeding gums can be unattractive, as well as project an unpleasant odor. There is typically redness and inflammation to accompany the bleeding. These symptoms may cause the gums to look puffy, swollen, and irregular, negatively impacting your smile.
Generally, where there are signs of infection above the gum line, damage is also occurring below the gum line. As gum infections progress, the underlying bone and connective tissues become involved. Failure to address the infection at this level can lead to bone loss, as well as tooth loss.
Don’t ignore bleeding gums, even in the absence of pain or tenderness. Our dentist has the expertise to treat the earliest stages of gum disease in order to prevent any future risk to your smile or your health. Call the office of Dr. Richard A. Sousa, serving Manhasset, at 516-484-6600 to discuss your treatment options.