Bleeding gums sometimes are caused by brushing your teeth too hard with a hard-bristled toothbrush. However, if you have unexplained gum bleeding, it could be a sign of infected gums, and you may want to visit a periodontist near you for assessment. Gum or periodontal disease is a common infection affecting mostly adults above 30 years.
Gum infection is not only treatable but preventable too. This post talks about the different stages and treatments of gum disease.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gingivae, often caused by tartar. When you fail to brush your teeth properly, plaques may begin to buildup and eventually form tartar. The calculus gives room to the bacteria to multiply and cause inflammation in the gums.
Gum infection develops in stages:
Without proper treatment, the gum infection can advance and damage the alveolar bone (it supports the teeth). This will affect the dental structure and lead to the loss of teeth. Furthermore, the inflammation can spread to the rest of the body and affect your overall wellness. Keep in mind gum disease has been linked to other health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Several types of periodontal treatments are available based on the stage and severity of the condition. The treatments are grouped into surgical and non-surgical treatments.
These treatments are used when gum disease is in the initial stages. The treatments are less invasive, and they include:
If these treatments fail or the diseases has advanced to periodontitis, surgical treatments may be more suited.
You may require dental surgery to get rid of the infection and prevent further deterioration of the bone. Some of the procedures that may be performed include:
This involves taking soft tissue matter from your palate or cheeks and reattach them to the affected area to cover the exposed roots and reverse gum recession.
Good dental hygiene is a sure way of preventing gum disease. But, more than that, you need to visit our periodontist in Merritt Island, FL, for professional deep cleaning to get rid of any plaque buildup. We recommend coming for a comprehensive checkup and routine cleaning every six months.
Visit Your Family Dental if you have unexplained gum bleeding. Dr. Martin Megregian will do a dental assessment and recommend the appropriate periodontal treatment.