Bleeding gum is commonly caused by plaque buildup. When plaque is not properly removed, the bacteria in plaque may begin to attack the teeth and gums. Patients with plaque buildup may experience symptoms like bleeding gums, gum irritation, and persistent bad breath.
More importantly, plaque buildup can lead to gum disease. Gum disease is categorized by two stages, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. When gum disease is caught early, patients may be able to receive conservative treatment to restore their gum health. The longer gingivitis is left untreated, the more likely it will progress into periodontitis. During periodontitis, patients may experience shifting teeth, gum recession, and even tooth loss.
It is important to visit the dentist as soon as you notice bleeding gums. Dr. Jose Gil is a highly trained, trusted dentist in Allentown, PA. Dr. Gil can evaluate your condition and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific dental needs.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Recent studies have suggested patients with gum disease may be at an increased risk of developing diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and oral cancer. The bacteria from the gums can potentially affect your immune system, respiratory system, and your blood sugar. Finding ways to prevent gum disease can improve your overall health.
Gum Disease Prevention
To ensure your smile is in optimal health, it is important to visit the dentist regularly. Dr. Gil encourages patients to visit our office at least twice a year for routine dental exams and professional dental cleanings. Patients should also practice a proper oral hygiene routine to remove plaque and debris from the teeth and gums. Together, you and your dentist can help prevent gum disease and get you one step closer to a healthier smile.
Schedule An Appointment
To learn more about your treatment options, visit Hamilton Dental Designs in Allentown, PA. To schedule an appointment, call 610-421-4540 or request an appointment online.