Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs of gum disease, signaling the presence of gingivitis. Gingivitis is an increase of plaque along the gum line.
Left untreated, gum disease can lead to complex dental problems including tooth loss. Your dentist in Durham North Carolina provides bleeding gums treatment using painless dental procedures.
Gum disease affects approximately 75% of adults at some point in their lives and is often noticed during routine dental exams with Dr. Blaylock.
Spotting the signs of gum disease early can mean a quick resolution and enables conservative treatments to be effective. If left untreated, it can easily develop into a larger problem where you may even lose your teeth.
Preventing Gum Disease
Dr. Blaylock recommends visiting our dentist office at least every six months to help prevent the development of gum disease.
This combined with a strict at-home oral hygiene routine that includes daily brushing and flossing between visits will help prevent it.
There are a variety of risk factors for developing gum disease, including certain lifestyle habits such as tobacco use and smoking.
Discussing your concerns and lifestyle habits during regular visits with Dr. Blaylock enables him and his staff to make appropriate oral hygiene recommendations that can reduce your risk of developing gum disease.
Good oral hygiene is one the best ways to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy gum tissue- healthy gums support healthy teeth.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Dr. Blaylock performs a thorough periodontal screening during your routine preventive care visits to his Durham dentist office. There are many common signs and symptoms of gum disease that he is looking for including:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Changes in the bite or shifting of teeth
- Bad breath, also known as halitosis
- Deep pockets along the gum line
Gum disease is often called the “silent disease” because many patients are unaware they have it until it is spotted by Dr. Blaylock or has advanced and caused significant oral health concerns.
- Gingivitis: the first stage of gum disease as a result of a build-up of plaque along the gum line, irritating the gum tissue and setting the stage for gum and tooth damage as bacteria increases.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease which has begun to affect the health of both gums and teeth as bacteria gets into the bone and forms deep pockets along the gum line. This can lead to tooth loss if untreated due to damage to the supporting bone and gum tissues.
Gum Disease Treatment in Durham, NC
Dr. Blaylock offers periodontal therapy to treat gum disease. Treatment options will depend on the stage and severity of the gum disease, with some patients needing lifelong monitoring to maintain healthy gum tissue.
In some cases, additional at-home oral hygiene such as an antibacterial rinse may be sufficient to restore dental health and maintain healthy gums between routine visits.
- Scaling and root planing: is a conservative treatment option for patients with early-stage gum disease. This intense cleaning removes plaque and bacteria from the gum line and deeper recesses of the mouth using special tools. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss. Dr. Blaylock may also recommend additional at-home oral care to keep the gums healthy and prevent a recurrence.
- Gum surgery: may be recommended for patients with advanced gum disease to remove damaged tissue and restore oral health.
Gum Disease FAQs
My gum disease is improving. How can I prevent it from returning?
The best way to make sure that your gum disease does not progress is by regularly brushing and flossing at home, as well as keeping up with your regular dental cleanings.
This allows your dental hygienist to scrape away plaque from your teeth to prevent any further progression of gum disease.
If you are currently a smoker, stop smoking, as this is a well-documented factor in the development and progression of gum disease.
What if I don’t get my bleeding gums fixed?
As mentioned above, bleeding gums is a common sign of periodontal disease. By ignoring the issue, you are more at risk of getting infections, advanced periodontal disease, tooth loss, and more.
Sometimes your gums bleed because you brush your teeth too hard, but this is not always the case. Visit your dentist to find the exact cause of your bleeding gums.
Will gum disease go away on its own?
No. A disease will keep eating away at its host. Gum disease is no different. If you have constant infections and a place for harmful bacteria to thrive, your gum disease won’t go away on its own.
Some patients may not experience any signs of gum disease and think it’s gone, which is why it is important to visit our Durham dental office twice yearly.