Have Gums that Bleed Easily?

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The Dangers of Gum Disease

Like many diseases in the body, gum disease almost always starts silently and early warning signs like bleeding gums during brushing or flossing are often ignored. Why is this condition so dangerous? Gum disease is a result of the bacteria that accumulates on the tooth surfaces and tissues from daily eating and drinking. Plaque that isn’t removed by brushing every day will harden into calculus (or tartar), which can only be removed during a hygiene appointment. If neither of these cleanings is occurring, bacteria will continue to build up and infect the gum tissue and eventually destroy this tissue, underlying bone, and teeth.

In advanced stages of gum disease, irreversible damage to the bone and soft tissue has occurred, teeth have become loose or fallen out, and systemic health is aggravated by the chronic inflammation and infection that has now spread from the mouth to the rest of the body. If you find yourself experiencing the following symptoms of gum disease in Maineville, OH, contact our office right away.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
  • Gums that appear red and swollen
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth
  • Teeth that feel loose or are shifting
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Tooth loss

Treatment Solutions for Gum Disease

Even if you have advanced periodontal disease, it is possible to restore your health. Our gum disease treatment includes scaling and root planing and gingivectomy. These treatments are designed to remove bacteria-releasing plaque and tartar from the teeth and to remove diseased gum tissue. The goal is to disinfect the area from all infection and reduce the pocket depth around each tooth so that plaque and tartar cannot accumulate as quickly and healthy gums can reattach more securely to the teeth. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that can be effectively cured. All other stages will need periodontal maintenance to keep the teeth, bone, and gums healthy long-term. This maintenance is a deeper cleaning of the periodontal pockets around the teeth to remove bacteria and calculus on the teeth every 3-4 months. While prevention is the key to avoiding gum disease, it can be effectively managed with our targeted treatment! Don’t wait to contact us if you’ve noticed symptoms!

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