Gums that bleed during daily oral hygiene are often the first sign of gingivitis, early stage gum disease. Although typically not causing pain or discomfort, bleeding gums can indicate that the gum tissue is becoming infected as a result of plaque build up along the gum line.
Cohoes dentist Dr. Frederick Marra looks for the early warning signs of gum disease during routine dental exams, including gums that bleed. He offers comprehensive periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease to restore oral health and prevent future damage. Healthy gums play an important role in the maintenance of both oral health and overall health, also providing a support structure for the teeth. Treating bleeding gums promptly and effectively can avoid more complex problems associated with advanced periodontal disease- even tooth loss!
WHY TREAT GUM DISEASE?
Often called a “silent disease”, gum disease can progress rapidly without detection and remains a leading cause of tooth loss today. In fact, many patients do not realize they have periodontal disease until they visit with us and we notice the common signs during a dental exam. Left untreated, gum disease will compromise the teeth and can result in a range of complex problems that may affect your dental and overall health and well being.
Dr. Marra and his staff look for the common signs of gum disease during routine preventive dental care and offer appropriate treatment to restore a healthy smile. Common signs can include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth or shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Receding gums
- Changes in the bite or the fit of dentures
Gum disease has been scientifically linked in ongoing studies to the state of a patient’s overall health. Healthy gums provide a protective “barrier” between the many strains of harmful bacteria that enter the mouth and the bloodstream. When gum disease breaks down this barrier, bacteria that enters into the bloodstream can lead to inflammation and disease. Poor oral health is associated with an increase in both cardiovascular and systemic disease, raising the risk of incidence or the severity of disease when already present.
At Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants, Dr. Marra places an emphasis on disease prevention and works closely with patients to maintain healthy gums as well as healthy teeth. For those suffering with chronic periodontal or overall health issues, we offer personalized advice and care to address your unique concerns and reduce the risks associated with persistent gum disease.