You may have a gum disease.
Gum disease is a common condition affecting millions of people. But what is the root cause? How does the disease spread? Understanding the causes of the disease is critical because you can reduce your risk of developing periodontal problems by taking the appropriate steps.
Gums that are healthy do not bleed. If your gums bleed, you may have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. It happens when bacteria found in plaque accumulates on the teeth and along the gum line. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is preceded by gingivitis, or gum inflammation.
However, if treatment is sought promptly, not all gingivitis will progress to gum disease. It is critical to understand the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
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Look for signs of gingivitis and periodontitis before they worsen. The following are some common signs of gum disease to look out for:
-Your gums are red.
-Gum bleeding, particularly during meals or when brushing your teeth
-Receding gums, which make your teeth appear longer -Bad breath
-You have a bad taste in your mouth.
-Cold and hot temperature sensitivity
-Teeth that are loose
-Abscesses or deep infections near the roots
To understand and prevent gingivitis or periodontitis, it is necessary to be aware of the conditions that may predispose you to gum disease. Poor oral hygiene frequently allows plaque and tartar to coat the teeth. This biofilm forms as a result of bacteria breaking down food particles and can irritate and inflame the gum tissue.
Tobacco use and smoking can aggravate inflammation. Furthermore, certain medications and treatments can cause gum inflammation. Finally, you could be genetically predisposed to the disease.
The disease frequently begins with inflammation, also known as gingivitis. When the gums become inflamed, they may appear red and painful. The tissue then pulls away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When bacteria infiltrate the pockets, the disease can begin.
Patients may then experience bleeding when brushing or flossing their teeth, gum recession, and, in the later stages of the disease (periodontitis), loose or even missing teeth.
Regular check-ups and dentist appointments can help you avoid gum disease. More frequent dental visits, as well as brushing and flossing teeth twice a day, can help to combat gum disease and improve overall tooth and gum health. However, if gingivitis or periodontitis worsens, there are treatment options available to prevent further infection and aid in the healing of teeth and gums.
Following a thorough exam, Dr. Castro may treat gum disease with a combination of scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), antibacterial rinses, and restorative dentistry. The type of treatment you require will be determined by the stage and severity of your disease.
For patients with chronic gum disease or who have a medical condition such as diabetes, our team can provide personalised care and oral hygiene to keep their gums healthy and stable. Routine dental care is important for maintaining gum health and allowing for prompt diagnosis and treatment when symptoms arise.
You can quickly reverse the early signs of gum disease when it is in its early stages. Scaling and polishing will be performed by the dentist to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line, as well as root surfaces. Root planing uses special instruments such as ultrasonic scalers, hand scalers, and other tools to remove tough tartar and bacterial deposits on the roots of the teeth, usually under local anaesthesia. To reduce plaque accumulation on the teeth, defective fillings or dental bridges must be replaced. To achieve optimal dental health, the dentist will recommend personalised oral hygiene instructions.
Make an appointment if you suspect you have gum disease.
One of the leading causes of bleeding gums is poor oral health care. Excess plaque build-up, aggressive brushing, and gingivitis can all cause bleeding gums as a result of poor oral health. Other potential causes include heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, and vitamin deficiency.
Yes, a patient’s gums may bleed if their vitamin C levels are low. Gum bleeding can also be caused by a vitamin K deficiency. Taking vitamin C and K supplements can help patients with red and bleeding gums.
While flossing, your gums should not be bleeding. If this is a recurring result of flossing, consult your dentist. The most common cause of sensitive gums while flossing is poor overall oral health care and plaque buildup in and around the gums.
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