Have you found blood on your toothbrush or noticed it in your saliva? While this might seem startling and it does signify a potential issue, bleeding gums is not uncommon. Unfortunately, having gums that bleed can signal the presence of periodontal (gum) disease, which requires professional oral health care treatments and lifestyle changes. Without professional treatment, gum disease can advance into a very progressive and destructive health condition. Our homebound care dentist offers treatment for various stages of periodontal disease.
What causes my gums to bleed?
A few different issues can cause gums to bleed. The most obvious issue behind bleeding gums is periodontal (gum) disease, which is marked by infected and inflamed gingiva. When the gums are inflamed and irritated by bacteria and tartar, they can bleed quite easily. Another explanation for bleeding gums can be that a person is simply brushing too vigorously. Brushing your teeth and gums with too much pressure and vigor can irritate your gums as well. If your gums continue to bleed after making any necessary changes to your oral hygiene routine, it’s time to call our practice to schedule a checkup.
Why should I be concerned with gum disease?
Gum disease should be of great concern to all people. This condition can develop at any age, too. When gum disease is its most destructive, patients will lose teeth and bone. They will struggle with chronic and painful oral infections as well. If gum disease is not treated professionally, it will worsen. In addition to the damage that this disease causes, there is quite a bit of research that points to a link between periodontal disease and other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
What are my treatment options?
The type of treatment you receive will depend on the stage of gum disease that you have. Early stage gingivitis can be rectified with professional prophylaxis and increased oral hygiene. Advanced gum disease may require frequent, specialized cleanings, prescription medication, and surgery.
Call Dr. Caputo at Homecare Dentists today to schedule a checkup with our homebound care dentist.