Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth daily? Are they red, swollen or increasingly sensitive?
These can be the common early warning signs of developing gum disease known as gingivitis. Bel Air dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott offers both diagnosis and treatment for periodontal disease and can help you restore healthy gums with appropriate treatment. We will assess the stage and severity of your gum disease and provide personalized care and advice aimed at both restoring and maintaining your gum health.
Why Treat Bleeding Gums?
As an indication of gum disease, treating gums that bleed can prevent more complex problems as periodontal disease advances unchecked. Gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults, can lead to permanent damage of both teeth and gums. As infection progresses, gum tissue becomes compromised and can pull away from the tooth roots, exposing what are known as “deep pockets”. This not only weakens the support system for healthy teeth, but allows harmful bacteria to pas into the bloodstream and elevate your risk for systemic related health concerns as a result of increased internal inflammation. Patients with poor periodontal health are also at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
If you have heart disease, high blood pressure or a systemic related disorder such as diabetes, poor gum health can affect symptoms and even make your disease difficult to manage. It is also important to note that certain types of medications prescribed to treat these and other health conditions can increase your risk of developing gum disease. Discussing your medical history and lifestyle habits is important in the maintenance of a healthy smile.
Dr. Elliott offers the treatment options necessary to address gum disease and help you enjoy a lasting, healthy smile. Your treatment will depend on the stage and severity of your periodontal disease and will be tailored to your unique needs. Treatment options can include:
- Antibacterial rinses: used as part of your at home oral hygiene routine, antibacterial rinses may be recommended for early stage gingivitis and for patients with chronic gum disease.
- Scaling and root planing: a thorough and intense cleaning procedure, scaling and root planing can remove plaque built up along tooth roots and the gum line to allow tissue to heal.
- Oral surgery: in advanced cases, or periodontitis, Dr. Elliott may coordinate treatment with a local specialist to ensure the best result and restore healthy gums.