Do your guns bleed every time you brush your teeth? Is gum irritation affecting the way you eat?
If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth, it may be a sign of gum disease. Treating periodontal disease early is the key to avoiding more complex problems that can threaten the health of both the gums and the teeth. Healthy gums support healthy, stable teeth and maintaining gum health is an important part of your dental care at O’Malley Dental.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
Gums that bleed during routine oral hygiene have become irritated by bacteria that has built up along the gum line, infecting the gum tissue. In many cases, it is the early warning sign of developing periodontal disease. There are additional factors that can lead to bleeding gums which can include:
- Using a hard bristled toothbrush
- Brushing too aggressively
- Pregnancy: hormones during pregnancy can soften the gum tissue
- Certain medical conditions
It is important to discuss your gum health concerns with Dr. O’Malley so that he can work with you to identify the root cause and provide personalized care and advice.
What Are the Stages of Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease has two distinct stages and there are a range of treatment options to address the symptoms of each stage.
- Gingivitis: the initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis is often characterized by bleeding gums, red or swollen gums and general irritation of the gum tissue. This stage is easily treatable by your dentist in Simpsonville SC.
- Periodontitis: if gum disease has progressed, symptoms can range from tooth sensitivity to receding gums and changes in the fit of the bite. Periodontitis can be serious and even lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
Dr. O’Malley will evaluate the health of your gums and recommend the most appropriate treatment option to restore your oral health. We offer comprehensive periodontal therapy that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient, including oral hygiene advice for at-home gum care.In some cases, a procedure called scaling and root planing is required to remove plaque and prevent further damage. In its simplest form, this is an intense cleaning and scraping of the deeper recesses of the gums.
For patients who have more advanced gum disease such as periodontitis, Dr. O’Malley may recommend laser surgery on the affected tissue.
Schedule A Visit
If you are experiencing gums that bleed or have concerns about your dental health, contact O’Malley Dental. We welcome new patients and our office serves Simpsonville, Greenville and many surrounding communities. Call our office at 864-962-4140 or request an appointment online.