Do your gums bleed when performing daily oral hygiene?
Although aggressive tooth brushing and other physical health concerns can lead to bleeding gums, this is also a common sign of developing gum disease. Bleeding gums can indicate that harmful bacteria have begun to infect the gum tissue and affect your oral health. Prompt and effective treatment is the key to limiting damage to the gums and avoiding the need for extensive repair for restoring a healthy smile. At Bella Smiles in Riverhead and Roslyn, NY, Dr. Sal Lotardo offers comprehensive periodontal therapy for treating all signs and symptoms of gum disease. He performs a periodontal screening at all routine dental exams to look for the early warning signs and offer appropriate, conservative treatment.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease can begin “silently”, with little or no warning- and no obvious symptoms. This can put patients who do not receive routine dental care at a greater risk for developing advanced gum disease that has a dramatic effect on overall dental health. Gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today. Recognizing the common signs of gum disease and seeking dental care in our Riverhead dentist office is important for maintaining a healthy smile:
- Red, swollen gums
- Gums that bleed
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the bite or fit of dentures
- Loose or shifting teeth
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Your gums provide the support structure for your teeth. Maintaining them through routine preventive dental care is significant and can greatly reduce the risk of complex dental concerns as a result of periodontal disease. Dr. Lotardo will assess your gum health and make the appropriate recommendations for any necessary treatment in the presence of gum disease.
Treatment for existing gum disease is dependent on the stage and severity. For early gum disease, or gingivitis, an intense dental cleaning known as scaling and root planing. In some cases, the use of antibacterial rinses at home can be sufficient and prevent future infection.
For advanced gum disease, Dr. Lotardo will recommend an individualized treatment plan to both restore health and address any damaged tissue. In more complex cases, we may refer you to a local specialist in periodontics or oral surgery.