Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss my teeth?
Bleeding gums are commonly an indication of the presences of gum disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a build-up of harmful bacteria on the teeth and gums. Over time, the bacteria begins to spread and can damage the health and stability of the gum tissue. Treating gum disease early on in development can help you avoid permanent damage to your smile.
Routine preventative dental checkups can help keep bacteria in check. Ridgetop Dental offers professional dental cleanings to help support and maintain your oral health. All of our regular dental exams include thorough periodontal disease screening so that we may catch gum disease in its earliest stages.
Identifying Gum Disease
Gum disease is commonly under-diagnosed until the later stages of development. Offer referred to as the “silent disease” patients do not recognize the symptoms until the disease has started to impact the health of the gums. Bleeding gums are typically one of the first visually noticeable signs of periodontal disease.
All patients should visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine dental exams. Patients with certain risk factors may consider visiting the dentist more frequently for professional dental cleanings to prevent the spread of bacteria. The following risk factors put patients at a higher risk of developing gum disease:
- Lifestyle and dietary habits
- Tobacco use
- Medical conditions
- Certain medications
Development of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a progressive oral disease. As bacteria multiply and spread the gums become inflamed and eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Inflamed gums are sensitive to the touch and may bleed easily when brushed. Left untreated, gum disease begins to form deep pockets in the gums and can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums.
How to Treat Gum Disease Reston, VA
Patients who are showing signs of gum disease will have a thorough evaluation of their teeth and gums. Gum disease is best treated when caught early during the gingivitis stage. The best way to catch gum disease during the earliest stages of development is by visiting the dentist on a routine basis.
Dr. Datta, Dr. Sensenbrenner or Dr. Shaw will make personalized recommendations for treatment based on your overall health and the stage of gum disease you are experiencing.
- Laser Dentistry
- At home oral hygiene improvements
- Antibacterial rinses
- Scaling and root planing