Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
If your gums bleed on a regular basis, it may be a sign of a more complex oral health concern. Bleeding gums are not normal, and could be an indication of a bacterial infection known as gum disease. If your gums bleed, are swollen, red, or you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, it is recommended that you visit our San Francisco dentist office. Early diagnosis of gum disease can prevent further damage to your teeth and gums and allow for conservative dental treatment without the need for gum surgery.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. In the earliest stages, gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. Most adults will have some degree of gingivitis during their life. Gingivitis can be easily treated with a thorough dental cleaning and proactive at home oral hygiene. Your San Francisco dentist at the Union Square Dental Group may recommend antibacterial rinses to help keep bacteria in check and prevent further damage to gums.
Left untreated, the bacteria will continue to spread and will eventually form deep pockets in the gums. At this stage, gum disease becomes periodontitis or periodontal disease. Periodontitis is a serious health concern for both the well being of your teeth and gums, and your entire body. The deep pockets can begin to cause the gums to separate from the teeth. The gum line will recede, leaving the teeth susceptible to decay and even tooth loss. This can cause the jaw bone to begin to deteriorate and the jaw line may recede. In addition, the gums lose their ability to prevent harmful bacteria in the mouth from entering the bloodstream. This puts patients with advanced gum disease at a much greater risk for internal inflammation that leads to cardiovascular and systemic diseases and health concerns.
Taking time to visit with one of our San Francisco dentists regularly will benefit your oral health and your physical well being. Our dentists perform a periodontal screening during your routine dental exams to spot early signs of developing gum disease. We will make personalized recommendations for keeping your smile healthy, taking into account your unique risk factors.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Treating Gum Disease
Preventive dental care and early diagnosis can prevent the progression of gum disease. It is important to report any changes you notice in your oral health to your Union Square Dentist. Bleeding gums are your body’s way of alerting you to a growing dental health concern. By the time gums begin to bleed, the bacterial infection is already spreading. Gum disease can be prevented and treated more effectively if caught early.
Periodontal disease treatment may include:
- Dental Cleanings
- Anti-Bacterial Mouth rinses
- Scaling & Root Planing
- Laser Therapy
- Gum Surgery
Our in-house periodontist, Dr. Lynna Bui offers comprehensive, innovative and highly effective periodontal therapy treatment options. Dr. Bui is a highly trained and experienced San Fransisco periodontist.
Dr. Bui uses the latest in dental technology to offer less invasive, precise treatments to clean the gums of gum disease-causing bacteria. Periodontal treatment is highly personal and will depend on the progression of the disease and the overall oral health of the patient. Dr. Bui will help patients build a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan to help restore their optimal oral health.