If you notice a small amount of blood in the sink after brushing or flossing your teeth, this is a dental concern known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease development. Left untreated, gum disease leads to many major issues for your smile including gum recession, soft tissue inflammation, and increased sensitivity. It’s important to stop gum disease progression in its tracks before it has the chance to cause major dental concerns. To combat gum disease progression, Dr. Emily Ann Reece recommends that patients visit us once every six months for oral health and wellness visits. This allows our trained dental professionals to monitor the health of your gums and remove any plaque or tartar buildup before it begins damaging your gum line.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums in Raleigh, NC
Your smile is healthiest when all of your dental structures including your soft tissues are accounted for. Caring for your gums by thoroughly brushing and flossing every day, twice a day, goes a long way in preventing gum disease progression outside of our office. We want to help our patients avoid the major damages that gum disease can cause to their smiles, and we will do everything we can to ensure that your soft tissues are taken care of.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by sticky residue left behind on your smile from common foods and beverages. As the residue hardens on your dental structures, bacteria develops along your gum line and begins to irritate your soft tissues. This is why with the added pressure of brushing or flossing, your gums may begin to bleed. While bleeding gums are the main warning sign of gum disease development, other symptoms include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums.
- Tender gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth.
- Teeth sensitivity
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to have a dental professional evaluate your smile sooner rather than later so that we may stop the progression before it results in permanent damages. At Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are also able to provide periodontal disease treatments if your smile has already been affected by gum disease. Please schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.