Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the gums or bone surrounding the teeth. Plaque buildup is the leading cause of gum disease, although other factors like family history, hormonal changes during pregnancy, specific medications, and some medical conditions may contribute as well. It is estimated the over 65 million Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease
How do you treat bleeding gums and gum disease?
At Gentle Dental Care prevention of gum disease is our goal. However, if you are like more than half of Americans, you may already be experiencing sensitive and bleeding gums. The treatment for gum disease depends on how far it has progressed and how severe the condition has become. In its early stages, when the infection and inflammation are limited to the gums it is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is treated with a professional cleaning, a review of brushing and flossing techniques, and potentially the use of an antibacterial mouth rinse. As gum disease becomes more severe and the infection spreads to the bone surrounding the teeth, it is called periodontitis. To treat periodontitis, deep cleaning procedures or laser periodontal therapy may be necessary to stop the disease process.
How severe is my gum disease? Do I have gingivitis or periodontitis?
To determine the severity of your gum disease and determine if you have gingivitis or periodontitis, a dentist will need to take some measurements of your gums and look at current x-rays of your teeth. Dr. Kamodia can tell you how severe your condition is and help you determine what your next steps should be to treat your gum disease.
Can I prevent gum disease?
Yes! Gum disease is a preventable condition! The best way to avoid gum disease is to come in for professional dental cleanings every 6 months to remove tartar build up, brushing for 2 minutes twice a day, and floss daily. During your dental cleaning our hygienist, Megan, or Dr. Kamodia will take some measurements of your gums to screen for early signs of gum disease so the condition can be treated before it becomes more severe.
What will happen if I have gum disease but I don’t want to have it treated?
Treating gum disease is very important because as the disease progresses the bone in your jaw which holds your teeth in place starts to disappear. When enough bone resorbs your teeth may begin to get loose and can eventually start falling out. Recent medical studies have shown that gum disease is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and low birthweight or preterm babies.