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Gum Disease Symptoms

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

GUM DISEASE IS MORE THAN BLEEDING GUMS
Gum inflammation or gum disease is trouble you probably want to avoid. Gingivitis and periodontitis (the two stages of gum disease) both have clear signs. Whether your gums are swollen or bleed a little after brushing or flossing, you should talk to your dentist in Willoughby, OH about gum disease. Not sure what gum disease like? Here's a few of the symptoms of gum problems:

  • BLEEDING GUMS
    Seeing blood after you floss or brush is one of the first signs of gum disease. Even when you're brushing aggressively, you still shouldn't have bleeding gums. Brushing aggressively isn't a helpful habit, particularly if your gums are already swollen or tender, but there is usually an underlying issue that is making your gums bleed.

  • CHRONIC BAD BREATH
    Halitosis (chronic bad breath) is a sign of gingivitis. The bacteria living in your gum pockets causes bad-smelling breath even if you are brushing twice a day.

  • COLOR CHANGES AND INFLAMMATION
    A change in the color of your gums and swelling are symptoms of disease. Gums that are purple or dark red, particularly if you also have bleeding gums, are a critical symptom of gum disease. Another reason your gums may change color is due to habits (like a poor diet or smoking), which put you at higher risk for developing oral health problems.

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    • TOO MUCH TOOTH
      Periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease, causes your gumline to rise and reveal more of your teeth. If your gumline pulls away from your teeth, it can lead to a lot of discomfort and damage when the roots of your teeth are unprotected. When you look at your smile in the mirror and there's too much tooth, this is a sign of gum disease.

    • INCREASED SENSITIVITY
      If you reach the later stages of gum disease and your tooth roots are visible, you might feel sensitivity whenever you drink or eat something that's especially hot, cold, or sweet. However, this might also be a sign of a cavity, which your dentist will consider during your dental exam. When the pain feels like it's near your gums, it's likely a symptom of gum disease.

    • OTHER SIGNS
      We hope you will visit your dentist at the fist symptoms of a problem; however, if you don't get getting treatment from your dentist, it will become the advanced symptoms of periodontitis. This includes exposed tooth roots and loose teeth. Infected gums can affect your teeth. Once your gums are not strong enough to hold your teeth, your teeth become loose and can easily fall out. You should also consider the risks of an untreated infection. Bacteria collected in your gum pockets will lead to an infection. Also known as a dental abscess, the infection will inflame your gum tissue and cause a lot of discomfort, particularly if you still don't seek treatment. It's also possible for the infection to get into your blood, which will affect your entire body.

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      TREATMENT OPTIONS
      As soon as you have a sign of gum disease, you should make an appointment to get your gums checked by a dental professional. Whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis, there's several treatments that can restore your oral health. If your case is especially advanced, your dentist may send you to a professional in Willoughby, OH who has special training and education in the care of the gums. Reversing gum disease can be a lengthy process that takes multiple visits. However, the sooner you fix it, you won't have to deal with symptoms or get more invasive procedures, which will be required if you put it off. The three main treatments and procedures for gum disease are:

      • SRP TREATMENT
        Also known as a deep cleaning or SRP, scaling and root planing is a procedure your dentist can perform to remove the tartar, bacteria, and plaque buildup from your teeth under the gumline. To begin, your dentist will use a tool known as a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar from your gum pockets. Next, they will smooth (plane) the tooth to eliminate crevices where bacteria and debris often hide and become an infection. A few scaling and root planing treatments can correct gingivitis and reverse most of the damage done to your gums.

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        • ANTIBIOTICS
          Antibiotics may be helpful to fully treat the bacterial infection in your gums. Your dentist may recommend antibiotics following an SRP (scaling and root planing) procedure to catch any remaining bacteria so your gums can heal properly.

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          • SURGERY
            Gum surgery will reduce the pockets, which are the root of the problem (trapping debris, inflammation, and raising your gums). Based on your condition, there's several ways to perform gum surgery. After periodontitis is diagnosed, your dentist will discuss your options before developing a careful plan for your surgery and follow-up treatment.

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            REASONS YOU MAY BE AT HIGHER RISK
            When you're at greater risk for getting periodontal disease, you can start taking preventive measures and watching for symptoms. These are four of the main factors that increase your chance of getting gingivitis:

              AVOID GUM DISEASE
              If you'd like to skip gum problems in the first place or you would like to avoid more problems, these are some tips on keeping your gums healthy and strong:

                TREAT GINGIVITIS
                Whether you already have symptoms of periodontal disease or you're at risk for getting it, speak to a dental professional. DentalWorks - Willoughby will diagnose periodontal disease and then discuss the many treatment options we offer. Our team can correct gingivitis using one or more SRP (scaling and root planing) treatments plus antibiotics. When the issue has advanced to periodontitis, our practice in Willoughby, OH offer gum surgery to restore your health.

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