Most people will experience bleeding gums at some point in their life. It is important to understand that in most cases, gums that bleed frequently are not a normal part of brushing and flossing. If your gums bleed you may have gum disease. Inwood, WV restorative dentist Dr. Kenneth Banks offers innovative laser therapy for the treatment of gum disease.
Gum disease is one of the main causes of bleeding gums. The American Dental Association estimates that nearly 75% of American adults will suffer from some form of gum disease in their life.
Looking at the Causes of Bleeding Gums
Your brushing and flossing technique may cause bleeding gums. However, bleeding gums are not a sign of good brushing. If you are brushing and flossing well your gums should not bleed. The gum tissue is delicate, so if you brush and floss too hard, then they can bleed. Your gums may also bleed after brushing and flossing if you have already developed gum disease.
It is always important to discuss any medications you may be taking with Dr. Banks prior to any treatment. Bleeding gums can be a side effect of certain medical treatments. Medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, can often cause swollen and bleeding gums.
Women undergo hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause. These fluxes in hormones can contribute to bleeding gums. During pregnancy, be sure you maintain your normal brushing and flossing oral hygiene routine to help keep teeth and gums healthy. It is important to visit your dentist during pregnancy to maintain your oral health and monitor your gum health.
The Importance of Healthy Gums
Bleeding gums are commonly an indicator that you have a form of mild gum disease, gingivitis, or progressive periodontal disease. If your gums are bleeding due to gum disease, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Banks as soon as possible. When diagnosed in the earliest stages, gum disease can be treated before any additional oral health concerns develop. With frequent routine dentist visits, early detection of gum disease is possible. Dr. Banks provides periodontal screenings at every oral health exam.
Periodontitis is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis, another name for advanced gum disease, can destroy the gum tissue and the bone that supports the tooth. It can loosen the teeth and cause them to shift. It can also lead to tooth loss. Untreated gum disease can lead to more costly and time-consuming restorative dental procedures.
Keep in mind that periodontal disease affects not only your oral health but your overall systemic health as well. Gum disease has a strong tie to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and premature birth weight in babies born to mothers with periodontal disease.
Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Banks uses laser dentistry as a minimally invasive and highly effective treatment for gum disease. Laser dentistry is a state of the art dental technology that can clean deep pockets inside of the gums of bacteria. Laser dentistry reduces swelling and bleeding and eliminates the need for sutures. Laser therapy actually stimulates natural regeneration of gum tissue for quicker healing and better results. Laser therapy causes little to no discomfort and requires no downtime. Patients are generally able to continue with their daily routine after treatment.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are experiencing frequent gum bleeding, schedule a visit to Smile Designs. Dr.Banks and his professional and experienced staff can help you restore the health to your teeth and gums for beautiful, healthy confident smiles. Every patient’s dental health concerns are unique. Dr. Banks works to build personalized treatment plans for treatment of gum disease. Contact our Inwood dentist office or schedule a consultation online.