Why are my gums bleeding?
If you notice your gums bleeding during flossing or brushing, it is imperative that you visit a trusted dental professional. Bleeding gums are typically a symptom of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can impact the health and stability of the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure. Patients may be able to avoid gum disease with routine dental visits and excellent oral hygiene.
Maintaining excellent gum health supports the teeth and surrounding bone structure. Our team at Westover Dentistry works with you to help improve your oral health. We perform gum disease screenings during every preventive care visit. Early intervention can reduce your risk of extensive gum and tooth damage.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
The signs and symptoms of gum disease may vary from patient to patient. Understanding the signs of gum disease can help patients recognize dysfunction in their oral health.
- Red, swollen gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gum line
- Pockets between the gums and teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Shifting teeth
The Importance of Treating Bleeding Gums
Healthy gums are essential to maintaining a healthy smile. When gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to bone deterioration, tooth loss, and gum tissue damage. Recent studies have suggested that the bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and lead to inflammation in various parts of the body. Advanced stage gum disease may increase your risk of system health condition such as cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
Treating bleeding gums can help you avoid future complications and get you one step closer to optimal gum and oral health.
Periodontal Therapy in Arlington, VA
The treatment you receive will depend on the stage of gum disease and the severity of damage to the surrounding teeth, gum tissue, and bone structure. We will perform a full evaluation to determine the best solution to restore health and function to your smile. Westover Dentistry offers a full range of periodontal therapy service to address various stage of gum disease.
- Antibacterial Rinse
- Scaling & Root Planing
- Oral Surgery
- Restorative Treatment