Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth?
Bleeding gums can often be the sign of developing gum disease and should be addressed by your dentist at Smile Dental Group to avoid advanced disease and permanent damage. Gum disease is a “silent”, progressive disease that many patients do not realize they have until they come in for a dental exam and cleaning.
Why Treat Bleeding Gums?
The key to resolving gum disease and avoiding progression is to address the early signs such as bleeding gums. If you notice that your gums bleed, appear red or swollen we recommend coming in for a visit so that our team can evaluate the stage and severity of any existing gum disease and treat appropriately.
Bleeding gums typically indicate early stage periodontal disease, also known as gingivitis. At this stage, bacteria has begun to infect gum tissues along the gum line and will lead to the development of pockets between the tooth roots and gums if left untreated. Treating gingivitis will reduce the risk of damage to the gums and the teeth, which are supported by healthy gums.
The Importance of Healthy Gums
Gum health is the foundation of a healthy, stable smile. The gums serve important functions for both oral and overall health and well being and poor gum health can impact not only your smile but increase your risk for a range of diseases and health concerns. The gums support and nurture tooth structure while also providing a protective barrier between the harmful bacteria in the mouth and the bloodstream.
When gum tissue is weakened by infection due to a build-up of plaque, it begins to pull away from the tooth roots and leaves pockets where bacteria can continue to develop. Left untreated, the compromised gum tissue can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and impact the immune system. This often leads to internal inflammation that increases the risk for both cardiovascular and systemic disease. Maintaining healthy gums is important for your long-term dental health and the stability of your physical well-being.
Our dental team screens for the early signs of gum disease during routine visits- another good reason to visit the dentist regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle.