Bleeding gums are a common signifier of gum disease. Many patients dismiss bleeding gums as a normal occurrence during brushing or flossing. Bleeding gums are not normal, and should be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible for effective treatment.
If you frequently experience bleeding gums, contact Inwood, WV dentist Dr. Kenneth Banks.
Sporadic bleeding of the gums may be caused by flossing or brushing too vigorously. However, if bleeding occurs regularly, or if the gums are swollen or painful, it is most likely a sign that you have already developed gum disease. Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection. Bacteria develops between teeth feeding on tartar and plaque. When not effectively removed, the bacteria begins to spread into the gums and eventually the blood stream.
The Effects of Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious and progressive disease that can cause both oral and systemic health concerns. Left untreated, gum disease may cause chronic halitosis, gum recession, tooth loss, and even bone deterioration. Gum disease is also linked to an increased risk of developing inflammation, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers, stroke and heart attacks.
Dr. Banks offers comprehensive treatment plans for controlling the spread and preventing the development of side effects associated with gum disease.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease is most effectively treated in the earliest stages also known as gingivitis. The best way to receive early gum disease intervention is through regular preventive dental care with Dr. Banks. Preventative dental care is the first defense against the spread of gum disease. These visits enable us to spot the early signs of gum disease as well as offer personalized oral hygiene tips to address your unique risk factors. Twice yearly dental cleanings and daily brushing and flossing can help keep gum disease under control.
As gum disease progresses, it begins to spread into pockets deep in the gums, affecting the supporting structure of the teeth and leading to complex dental problems if not treated. This stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. Dr. Banks offers scaling and root planing as well as laser therapy to help manage periodontal disease. Both methods of periodontal therapy are intensive cleaning treatments that clean deep in the pockets of the gums to remove bacteria growth and diseased tissue.