Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque and bacteria on your teeth and gumline. Poor oral hygiene results in an inadequate removal of plaque that leads to the swelling and bleeding of the gums. This bacterial infection of the gums is known as gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Gum disease is a serious medical and dental health issue that should be treated as soon as possible. A progressive disease, gum disease can lead to an overall deterioration of the function and health of your smile.
Studies show a correlation between gum disease and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart attacks and Alzheimer’s among other systemic conditions.
At Bethesda Dental Implant Center our dental care team takes a proactive approach to treating patients with gum disease. Our dentists screen all patients for signs of gingivitis during each dental visit. Catching gum disease during the initial stages of gingivitis can prevent tooth loss, bone deterioration, and gum recession.
How can I stop my gums from bleeding?
The best way to prevent gum disease is by practicing diligent at-home oral hygiene and visiting the dentist at least twice a year. Preventative dentistry and oral hygiene help keep oral bacteria in check and prevents the excessive build-up of plaque.
The goal of periodontics is to clear the gums of excess plaque and to remove the deep periodontal pockets of bacteria. Once the gums are clean, the gum tissues can begin to heal and regenerate. Many patients with advanced gum disease may require additional restorative procedures to repair the damage caused by the years of living with gum disease.
Additional periodontal treatments may include:
- Gum Grafting
- Bone grafting
- Dental implants
Our Bethesda, MD dentists offer advanced periodontal treatment options for all phases of gum disease and help patients restore their naturally healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Eskow is a highly skilled dentist with advanced training in periodontics. We offer periodontal plastic surgery as well as more conservative options for restoring health to the gumline. Dr. Eskow also provides patients with full-service dental implants for replacing missing teeth and restoring natural smiles.
Contact our Bethesda, MD periodontal office to learn more about how to keep your smile healthy and strong.