Why Do My Gums Bleed, and What Does It Mean?
Gums that bleed, appear swollen or have begun to recede are showing signs of developing periodontal disease, sometimes called “gum disease,” and should be assessed and treated as soon as possible. Dr. Robinson offers comprehensive care for periodontal disease and emphasizes the importance of healthy gums as part of preventive dental care and your overall health.
What Are The Types Of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is referred to as a “silent disease,” as it often goes undetected until significant, irreversible damage has occurred. Bleeding gums are a common indication that at a minimum, the first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, has begun.
Periodontal disease can be largely prevented or managed successfully if already present, with proper home care and the help of Dr. Robinson and his team. Diligent home care, including brushing twice daily along with flossing and using a Waterpik (if available) once daily, is crucial to maintaining a healthy mouth. Routine dental visits to clean the areas of the mouth that are not accessible at home will help to keep your gums healthy and prevent the spread of disease-causing oral bacteria and the development of periodontitis.
Symptoms From Gum Disease Can Include:
- Chronic halitosis (bad breath)
- Tooth loss
- Receding gum lines
- Tooth sensitivity
- Swollen, tender gums
How To Prevent Gum Disease
- Brush Your Teeth
- Brushing after meals helps remove food, debris, and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue; bacteria love to hide there.
- Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth, and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
- Use Mouthwash
- Using mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.
- Drop Bad Habits
- Such as smoking, and the use of tobacco products
Schedule An Appointment
When you visit the office of Dr. Robinson, you will be welcomed as a valued guest. Our dental care team is committed to creating a concierge dental office experience for the comfort and enjoyment of our patients. We offer relaxing and modern amenities and utilize state of the art dental technology for improved oral care. To experience the difference of Complete Dentistry first hand, contact our New Philadelphia, Oh dentist office to request your Complete dental consultation. Call (330) 269-5805.