What Are Some Signs Of Gum Disease?
This is often a common sign of gum disease and should be addressed by Dr. Sousa to avoid damage to the gums and teeth. Bacteria found in plaque produce toxins or poisons that irritate the gums, which may cause them to turn red, swell and bleed easily.
What Happens If I Ignore The Symptoms?
If this irritation is prolonged, the gums separate from the teeth, causing pockets (spaces) to form. As periodontal diseases progress, the supporting gum tissue and bone that holds teeth in place deteriorate. If left untreated, this leads to tooth loss.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a leading cause of poor oral health and tooth loss and can be largely preventable with routine dental care. Keeping the gums healthy is important- they support your teeth and serve as a barrier between harmful bacteria in the mouth and your bloodstream.
What Else Can Contribute To Gum Disease?
- Tobacco use, smoking
- Teeth grinding, jaw clenching
- Diabetes, systemic disease
- Poor nutrition
What Are The Different Stages Of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease has two distinct stages, characterized by specific symptoms. Dr. Sousa will evaluate your gums and determine the stage of disease before recommending treatment.
- Gingivitis: the early stage of gum disease, the signs of gingivitis include bleeding gums, red or swollen gums, and increased sensitivity. Conservative treatment is often successful when addressing gingivitis, making routine dental care an important part of avoiding advanced disease and the need for complex treatment.
- Periodontitis: gum disease that has progressed to periodontitis is characterized by changes in the gum line, shifting teeth, loose teeth, bone loss, and gum recession. Without treatment, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and permanent damage to your dental health.
How Do I Treat Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease?
Dr. Sousa offers periodontal therapy treatment options to address the stage and severity of your gum disease. From personalized at home care advice to oral surgery to remove diseased tissue, our team can work with you to restore gum and oral health with appropriate care.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, Dr. Sousa can perform a comprehensive examination and recommend treatment options to relieve discomfort and restore your oral health. To schedule an appointment, call (516) 253-6873 or schedule an appointment online.