Do your gums bleed during daily tooth brushing or flossing?
Gums that are red, irritated or that bleed during routine oral hygiene are often the early warning sign of periodontal disease. Gum disease affects more than 75% of adults today to some degree, most of whom are unaware that it is affecting their oral health until larger problems develop such as loose or shifting teeth. If your gums are bleeding, come in for a visit or mention it at your next preventive care appointment so that we can recommend appropriate treatment for restoring your oral health.
Why Your Gum Health Is Important
The gums play a very important role in both your dental health and your overall physical health. They serve as the supporting structure for your teeth, nourishing the tooth roots and stabilizing your smile. Healthy gum tissue also works as a barrier that keeps harmful bacteria in the mouth from entering the bloodstream and raising your risk for larger health concerns that can include systemic and cardiovascular disease. Studies have conclusively shown the link between poor oral health and increased internal inflammation that leads to disease or increases the severity of symptoms in existing illness. Keeping the gums healthy will provide many health benefits in addition to a stable smile.
Dr. Hughes performs a thorough periodontal screening during your routine dental care exams to look for any early signs of disease. When caught early, in the gingivitis stage, gum disease is often treated successfully with conservative measures. As a team, we believe that a comprehensive approach to your oral health is best for a lasting, healthy smile. Treating gum disease and educating our patients on how best to maintain gum health between visits is a key part of our preventive dental care program.
Treating the Signs of Gum Disease
The recommended treatment for bleeding gums or any other symptoms of gum disease you may be experiencing will be tailored to your unique oral health needs and overall condition. For patients with early stage gingivitis, conservative treatment often includes the use of anti bacterial rinses at home. Other treatment options can include:
- Scaling and root planing: a thorough, intense cleaning procedure that removes tartar and plaque built up on the tooth roots and along the gum line.
- Laser dentistry: Dr. Hughes offers advanced laser treatment for gum disease that can avoid the need for oral surgery using LANAP. This laser dentistry treatment known as LANAP® is highly successful because it targets only diseased tissue without harming the healthy surrounding tissue. A tiny laser fiber is used to remove the infection while promoting the natural healing response for faster, less painful and more accurate treatment of gum disease.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have concerns about the health of your gums, schedule a visit with Dr. Hughes in our Louisville dentist office. We welcome new patients and offer sedation dentistry if you suffer with dental anxiety to make your treatment as relaxing and pain free as possible. Contact us at 303-214-4009 or schedule an appointment online. Restoring and maintaining healthy gums will support a lasting, healthy smile.