Are your gums bleeding regularly? Do they feel swollen?
Gums that bleed, appear red and swollen or are increasingly sensitive are common signs of developing gum disease. This issue should be addressed as soon as possible. Gum disease is progressive and left untreated will slowly impact the health and function of your entire oral system, including the structure of the teeth.
What’s Causing your gums to Bleed?
There are many factors that contribute to bleeding gums. Some are easily preventable and treatable, while others require medical intervention. Some reasons you are experiencing this common issue can include:
- Lack of a daily tooth brushing routine
- Not using mouthwash regularly
- A symptom of a medication you are taking
- Not flossing enough
- Unhealthy diet or too much sugary foods
- Brushing your teeth too hard
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer personalized, experienced periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease and can work with you to restore the health of your gums. Treatment options can range from the use of an antibacterial rinse to oral surgery depending on the condition of your gums and any damage that may have occurred.
Why Treat Bleeding Gums?
The gums are the foundation of your oral structure and support healthy, stable teeth. They also play an important role in the maintenance of your overall health and wellness. Gums serve as a barrier between harmful bacteria present in the mouth and the bloodstream. If bacteria gets into your bloodstream, it can circulate throughout your body and lead to systemic inflammation.
The Oral-Body Connection
The health of the gums has been proven to have an impact on overall health, and the inverse relationship can also be true if you suffer from certain medical conditions. Poor oral health can lead to an increased risk for cardiovascular and systemic disease. Left unchecked, harmful bacteria has an effect on the body and the immune system, causing internal inflammation.
Maintaining healthy gums will not only keep your smile as stable as possible, but also support your overall physical wellness. For patients with medical conditions that can impact periodontal health, we offer individualized care and advice to help you avoid gum disease. Keeping your gums healthy will also allow for better disease management, minimizing side effects, and enabling you to enjoy the best possible quality of life.
Preventing Gum Disease
One of the most important things you can do to prevent gum disease is to visit our Silver Spring dental office twice a year, or as recommended by Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy. Routine dental care is the foundation of lifelong oral health, and allows our team to spot the signs of developing oral concerns early. This is when conservative treatments are more successful, and lets us avoid more invasive treatments.
We want to monitor the health of your gum tissue and progress of gum disease treatments to better offer personalized, at-home oral hygiene tips. For patients with chronic gum disease due to genetics or other factors, we may recommend more frequent visits for thorough cleanings and exams.