Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
Bleeding gums commonly occur due to the inflammation caused by a bacterial infection. Gingivitis or gum disease is a serious medical condition that too often goes undiagnosed for too long. Gum disease is a progressive condition that left untreated can impact the patient’s oral and systemic health. Bleeding gums are not normal, and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Hamilton Dental Designs helps their patients manage gum disease in the earliest stages of development, preventing the spread and longterm consequences of the advanced stages of periodontal disease. Dr. Jose Gil offers periodontal therapy options for patients with all stages of gum disease to help restore health to the gums and teeth.
The Impact of Gum Disease
The impacts of gum disease are far-reaching, affecting everything from the teeth and gums to the heart and body. Periodontal disease, or advanced gum disease, increases the risk of life-altering diseases and is a leading cause of tooth loss. Treating gum disease and restoring the health of the smile affected by gum disease is essential for living a healthy life.
Gum disease can increase your risk of:
- Tooth loss
- Facial sagging & bone loss
- Gum recession
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Swelling of gums
- Heart attacks
- Cardiovascular disease
Gum Disease Prevention
Patients who routinely visit the dentist are less likely to experience the negative impacts of gum disease.
Visiting the dentist twice a year can help you control the spread of oral bacteria. Routine dental health exams allow for early intervention of gum disease. Patients with gingivitis are often able to control the spread of bacteria through thorough dental cleanings and improved at home oral hygiene routines. Dr. Gil will make personalized recommendations on how to brush and floss more effectively during your personal consultation.
It is important to know that patients of all ages are susceptible to gum disease. Parents are encouraged not to share utensils with children to prevent the spread of bacteria. Children with early instances of tooth decay are more likely to develop gum disease early on in life and should consider visiting the dentist on a more frequently to monitor the progression of the disease.