Have you noticed blood when you brush or floss? A little bleeding can seem so minor that it is easy for many people to brush off. However, bleeding gums can be a sign of a more serious issue. If your gums are bleeding, you may be exhibiting one of the earliest signs of gum disease, and fast action can make the difference for the health of your gums.
Gum Disease vs. Periodontal Disease
If you have only noticed minor bleeding from your gums, you have probably caught the problem early. Gum disease, also called gingivitis, is a problem affecting up to 75% of people in the United States. Often called the “silent disease,” gum disease can exhibit several early warning signs:
- Sore, red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
- Loosening teeth
Left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis, one of the leading causes of tooth loss. If your gum infection enters the bloodstream, it could even damage your general health.
Risk Factors for Gum Disease
- Poor diet
- Tobacco use
- Certain medicines
- Medical condition
Treating Gum Disease
In the early stages, gingivitis can be treated with more committed home hygiene. Brush your teeth after meals, use floss, and use mouthwash every day. Advanced gum disease may require more intensive treatment. Dr. Robert Cain of East Tennessee Periodontics may suggest medication, a gingivectomy, tissue regeneration, scaling, or root planing, depending on your specific case.
Schedule a Consultation
Do you have concerns about the health of your gums? Dr. Robert Cain will be happy to conduct a thorough exam to either give you peace of mind or suggest a course of treatment. To schedule a consultation with East Tennessee Periodontics in Knoxville, TN, contact us on our website or at (865) 280-1173.