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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Bleeding Gums

Those telltale drops of crimson you see in the sink after you brush or floss your teeth spell trouble when it comes to your oral health, so heed the warning. Bleeding gums can serve as a signpost to alert you to future gum disease, or they can sound an urgent alarm about something more serious.

At Today’s Dentistry in San Jose, California, Dr. Peter K. Lee and his staff treat you based not only on their knowledge of your medical history and comfort level in the dentist’s office but also by offering the most advanced dental procedures combined with a gentle approach.

What’s periodontal health?

Periodontal health refers to the condition of your gums and the bones that support your teeth. 

Certain factors put you at risk for gum disease, but the most common — and controllable — is poor oral hygiene. 

Treating your gums right allows your teeth to do their vital work — enabling you to chew and speak. And on a vanity-related note, good self-care also means that your smile will be well-aligned, bright, and beautiful.

What happens if I ignore my bleeding gums?

In the beginning, you might not give your gums much thought if they bleed only a little as you brush and floss. But gingivitis — the precursor to full-blown periodontal disease — starts when the gum tissue around the base of your teeth becomes inflamed. 

Dr. Lee successfully treats gingivitis with a combination of treatments known as scaling and root planing. During scaling, they remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and even beneath your gums.

Root planing involves smoothing your teeth’ roots, allowing them to reattach to your gums and essentially get a fresh start. 

When gum disease has progressed to a more severe stage, your diagnosis is periodontitis, a severe infection in which deep pockets filled with bacteria develop between your teeth and gums. If left untreated, the soft tissue damage worsens, and your bone is ravaged. This makes tooth loss likely. 

Gum disease puts your overall health at risk

Your oral health dramatically impacts your immune system and overall health, and if you suffer from periodontitis, it can lead to:

Severe conditions like these reduce your quality of life, and worse, shorten life expectancy. The good news is that multiple treatments exist, so you can nip this problem in the bud and seek surgical treatment if your case is advanced. 

Treatment options for gum disease

As with nearly every oral health challenge, successful treatment requires teamwork by you and your dentist. Today’s Dentistry offers a wide range of treatment options to improve and maintain your gum health, depending on the severity of your problem and other factors. These include dental

Gum disease is highly preventable through simple steps like practicing consistent, good oral hygiene. Still, if you have the beginnings of gum disease or advanced periodontitis, Today’s Dentistry is ready to provide you with the highest level of care.

As always, no matter what procedure we recommend, we’ll prepare you thoroughly so you know what to expect and provide thorough aftercare as well. 

Learn more about solutions for bleeding gums

If you’re experiencing a problem with bleeding gums, contact us at 408-412-3820, or request an appointment online today. 

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