May 10, 2017
Have you noticed your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth? If so, you could have a serious dental problem brewing in your mouth. Often, people tend to believe that bleeding gums is normal; however, any bleeding is the first indication you may have gum disease (periodontal disease). This is an infection that develops in the gum tissue that requires immediate care. It is estimated that 50% of adults have a form of periodontal disease. If found and treated in the early stages, it is reversible without causing any long-term damage. As your dentist in Angier, Dr. Brenda Gong provides effective prevention and treatment for gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Gums disease is an infection that develops into the gum tissue from bacteria that has developed in plaque and tartar accumulations around the gum line. The earliest stage of the infection is known as gingivitis. This causes bleeding gums, swelling, and redness of the tissue. When treated early, the infection will be stopped and oral health is restored without causing long-term damage. However, people often believe the bleeding is normal. As a result, the infection goes untreated, advancing to the later stages of the infection.
Periodontitis is a serious problem that can eventually lead to tooth loss. The infection will spread into the surrounding structures of the teeth, causing them to deteriorate. Eventually, the roots of the teeth will become exposed and the teeth will no longer have the support or strength to stay in place.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
When found early, treatment for gum disease is fairly simple. You will require a deep cleaning, known as root scaling and planing. This process cleans the pockets that have formed in the gum line to remove bacteria. In some cases, you may require antibiotics to help treat the infection. Dr. Gong may recommend the use of mouthwashes to help reduce the risk for gum disease. After the gums have been treated, proper oral hygiene and preventive care from Dr. Gong can stop the infection for developing again.
If the infection has reached the advanced stages, treatment will be more aggressive. In addition to a deep cleaning, home care, and periodontal maintenance, you may reach a point where you need surgical interventions. This can include laser periodontal therapy, which removes diseased tissue and destroys bacteria. In some cases, pocket reduction surgery may be required to reduce the pocket size between the gums and the teeth. Tissue regeneration may be needed if too much bone or gum tissue has been destroyed.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Oral hygiene is the best prevention for gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. In addition, visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup. By keeping plaque and tartar accumulations to a minimum, you will prevent the bacterial infection from developing.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Gum Disease?
If you have noticed bleeding when you brush your teeth, you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gong. With the right prevention and treatment, you will restore your oral health to protect your smile.
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