Do you think it is normal for gums to bleed while you brush and floss? Swollen and bleeding gums are a sign of infection. Please contact your Salt Lake City Gum Dentist at the first sign of the infection. If left untreated it can damage the structures that support your teeth. At Bishop Family Dental, we will work with you to find a solution no matter what stage of infection you have.
Although gum disease can be painless it is important to know the symptoms that include; swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath or bad taste, loose teeth and or visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease where the infection only affects the gums. All the supporting structures are involved in the more severe forms of the disease. If left untreated the disease will spread, and the gums will start to recede by pulling away from the tooth. This creates pockets in the gum tissue that can expose more of the tooth and roots making them more susceptible to becoming infected as bacteria can gather and start to irritate the area. This can lead to cavities and infections along with bone loss.
As your Salt Lake City perio dentist, Dr. Bishop will need to evaluate the infection at the first signs of a problem. The first step in addressing gum disease is to complete a deep cleaning. Once the bacteria and plaque have been removed, the gums will start to heal naturally. If the plaque is only around the edge of the gum line, a standard teeth cleaning will work. If it has become trapped between the gums and teeth, a scaling and root planning procedure will be required. In this case, Dr. Bishop will need to scrape the plaque off from the teeth underneath the gums.
Prevention of periodontal disease is as simple as maintaining a good oral health routine. Brushing your teeth after meals, flossing and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash once a day will remove bacteria and sugar that may turn into plaque. At least twice a year schedule a complete exam with your Salt Lake City Cleaning dentist to remove plaque and tartar and to ensure healthy gums.
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of dental terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s oral care guide. 2015
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