Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? You may have gingivitis, or gum inflammation, which is a predecessor to periodontitis, or gum disease. A bit of blood may not seem like much, but in the late stages of gum disease patients may deal with gum recession. In severe cases, patients can lose their teeth.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are several signs of gum disease other than bleeding gums to look out for:
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Mouth sores
- Swollen gums
- Bite misalignment
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
- Gum swelling
Gum disease can also increase a patient’s risk for heart problems such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
It is important to receive regular tooth cleanings twice a year and to call Dentistry @ Its Finest at 714.540.5511 if you notice any of the symptoms of gum disease. It is better to receive treatment for gum disease sooner than later as symptoms can develop quickly.
Gum Disease: Treatment and Prevention
At-home care is just as important as the care you receive in our dental office. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day may seem simple, but the time you take to clean teeth can benefit your oral health immensely.
Surgical and non-surgical methods can be used to treat moderate to severe gum disease. Antibiotics, scaling, and root planing are all non-surgical. Flap surgery, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration are surgical methods. Antibiotics help to eliminate the bacteria that cause infection. Scaling removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the mouth with a laser or ultrasonic device. Root planing smooths out tooth roots and combats gum inflammation. As for surgical methods, flap surgery lifts gum tissue back to expose tooth roots and clean out bacteria more effectively. Bone grafting treats receding gums by using transplanted bone. Tooth loss can be prevented through tissue regeneration.
Call Dentistry @ Its Finest
Have you noticed bleeding gums or any of the other symptoms of gum disease? Call Costa Mesa, CA dentist Dr. Ayzin today at 714.540.5511. Dr. Ayzin and the professionals at Dentistry @ Its Finest will work with you to find a surgical or non-surgical treatment option.