What do I do if my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums may be an indication of a serious oral health concern. Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile. In essence, healthy gums support healthy teeth, so it is important that patients take the right steps to maintain optimal gum health.
If you do notice bleeding gums, you may be experiencing a sign of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can negatively impact your oral health if not treated accordingly. Gum disease also referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease, is a common oral health concern that is best treated in the earliest stages. In advanced stages of gum disease, patients may experience shifting teeth which may result in tooth loss. The best way to combat gum disease is through practicing excellent oral hygiene and routine preventive dental care.
Dr. Kerri Bourgeois is a highly trained dentist in Sudbury, MA. Dr. Bourgeois can work with you to find the right treatment to restore your smile.
Visiting the dentist twice a year for routine dental checkups can minimize your chance of developing gum disease. When gum disease is left untreated, the bacterial infection can cause the gums to bleed, gum inflammation, the formation of deep pockets in the gum line, shifting teeth, bone deterioration, halitosis, bleeding gums, and tooth loss. In advanced cases, recent studies have that bacteria can make its way to the bloodstream, which may result in detrimental issues for your oral health. Periodontal disease may cause an increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, or heart attack. Taking the necessary steps to improve your gums health will not only benefit your oral health but your overall health as well.
Gum Disease Prevention
Practicing preventive dental care can reduce your risk of developing complex dental problems. When the teeth accumulate tartar and plaque buildup, it may migrate to the gumline which may cause irritation and infection in the gums. Practicing preventive dental care falls into two categories: at home dental preventive care and in office preventive dental care. Patients should develop and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a daily flossing daily, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. We also recommend that patients visit our Sudbury dental office twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning and comprehensive exam. Using special tools and methods, one of our experienced dental hygienists can carefully remove plaque and tartar buildup from above and below the gumline. During your preventive care visit, Dr. Bougeois can also perform a comprehensive exam to check for any dysfunction in the teeth and gums.
Find Treatment for Bleeding Gums
If you notice bleeding gums, it is important to schedule a visit with a trusted dentist right away. Sudbury dentist Dr. Bourgeois offers a wide selection of periodontal therapy service for patients who have developed gum disease. Early diagnosis can minimize the need for advanced treatment. Our goal is to prevent the development of gum disease or identify it in its earliest stage in order to offer patients the most effective, conservative treatment methods. Our dental team can work with you to develop a personalized periodontal therapy treatment plan based on your needs.
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with gum disease like bleeding gums, contact Sudbury Dental Arts in Sudbury, MA.