If you’ve noticed that your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss your teeth, you could be experiencing the early symptoms of gum disease. Many people frequently deal with bleeding gums but don’t realize that this is an issue they should report to their dentists during their regular exams. Bleeding gums, more formally known as gingivitis, quickly lead to periodontitis or gum disease. Dr. Huckin’s Dallas dentist office is equipped to ensure that gingivitis does not progress to gum disease through proper and prompt treatment. Because gum disease is preventable and treatable, it is important to treat bleeding gums as a serious dental concern.
SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE
Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by extensive tartar build-up. Because our mouths are constantly filled with bacteria, it is crucial to stay on top of your dental healthcare. Plaque build-up hardens and turns into tartar if not properly removed. Tartar can only be removed through professional dental cleaning, and eventually develops into gum disease if left untreated. The following are common symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose, shifting teeth
- Sore, bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Painful chewing problems
- Inflamed gums
TREATING GUM DISEASE
There are several options when it comes to treating gum disease. Our first goal is to catch it early, which is why we recommend that you schedule an appointment with us every 6 months. During these appointments, we remove any plaque or tartar from your gum line so that your symptoms do not develop into gum disease in the first place. For patients who develop gum disease, we offer periodontal therapy, which includes:
- Scaling and root planing
- Gum graft surgery
- Flap surgery
To avoid the progression of gingivitis to gum disease, we recommend patients brush their teeth at least twice a day. Additionally, flossing helps avoid significant plaque build-up in the hard-to-reach places of your smile. Patients who smoke are also more likely to develop gum disease.
There are medical conditions and certain medications that can increase your risk for gum disease. Discuss your health history, lifestyle habits and factors that can impact your oral health when you visit with us. This enables our dental care team to provide treatment personalized to your unique needs.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY
Are you experiencing some or all of the symptoms of gum disease? Call us or schedule an appointment today. Dr. Huckin is happy to address any and all of your dental concerns and provide the appropriate treatment if necessary.