I Have Sore And Bleeding Gums
The gum sore and bleeding could be the symptoms of gum disease, and your next step is consulting with an expert, experienced dental professional for a detailed examination.
Before driving to any dental clinic, it’s vital for you to know more about gum disease, other symptoms of the disease, the consequences, and the treatment options. Your knowledge on gum disease can help you approach your dentist at the earliest for treatment solutions. Further, it can help you to take proactive measures to safeguard you from gum disease in future.
What Is Gum Disease?
It’s an inflammation of gums that can endanger your oral health if you fail to seek timely dental treatment. Gum disease affects the jawbones that support your teeth and lead of loss of teeth.
In addition to bleeding and sore gums, people with gum disease may experience the following symptoms as well:
- Persistent bad breath
- Sponginess of gums
- Loose or separating teeth
- Gums pulling away from teeth, making teeth look longer than before
- Mucus or pus between teeth and gums
Most people don’t know that gum disease even lead to or escalate general health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, dementia, and more. Yes, your oral health, especially the health of your gums, is linked to your overall health.
What Causes Gum Disease?
It happens due to the build-up of plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria on teeth and gums. The accumulation of plaque can harden over time and form tartar on your teeth and gums. Plaque creates infections in your gum and makes it sore, bleed, affect the jawbones and teeth, and much more.
While you can avoid the plaque accumulation by good dental practices such as regular flossing and brushing, tartar from gums and teeth can only be removed by a dentist using special tools.
Types Of Gum Disease
In general, gum disease is of two types: gingivitis and periodontitis. Note that gingivitis is the less intense form of gum disease, compared to periodontitis. If you’re struggling with gingivitis, your gums become swollen and red. Also, you may struggle with bad breath and experience bleeding when brushing.
Periodontitis is the advanced gum disease that develops if you fail to treat gingivitis on time. People with periodontitis experience spaces forming between their gum and tooth that can trap germs, making their gum disease worse. Note that periodontitis can cause serious damages to your oral health, including the loss of jawbones and teeth.
As soon as you experience the symptoms of gum disease, you should seek the assistance of an expert dentist. It can help you to stop for worsening the condition and save your teeth, gums, and jawbones.
During the initial examination, your dentist may recommend some changes in your dental routine to ensure better hygiene. It can help you to stop further accumulation of plaque and improve your oral health.
Your dentist will review your medical history, measure the depth of your gum pockets, and take x-rays to examine the bone loss.
At ProSmiles, our experienced periodontists will prepare a treatment plan based on your specific gum conditions. Your gum treatment will be focused on cleaning the gum pockets as well as preventing damage to the surrounding bone.
We provide scaling and root planning to clean the gum pockets and prevent the bone damage of the patients. Note that these treatment options are minimally invasive and can help you to regain your oral health quickly.
Scaling, often called deep cleaning, ensures complete cleaning and removal of plaque as well as hardened tartar for even people with chronic periodontitis. At ProSmiles, we use advanced dental tools, including ultrasonic devices, laser instruments, and more, to provide precision cleaning of the teeth and gums of our patients.
For people with healthy gums and teeth, the gums are firmly attached to the teeth at about 1 – 3 millimetres below the gumline. Once the plaque and tartar accumulate in your teeth and gums, they compromise the health of your gums. Therefore, your gums become less firmly attached to your teeth, leading to developing deeper gum pockets.
Note that people with unhealthy gums have pocket depths of 4 millimetres or more. Therefore, even after completing the deep cleaning, people with gum disease have the risks of developing the dental condition again. Also, teeth with deeper pockets can affect their oral aesthetics as well.
For them, root planning is the option to restore their gums and avoid the risks of future gum disease. During the root planning process, our periodontists smoothen the rough areas of the teeth of the patients. They will also smooth your teeth roots to help the gums to reattach to the teeth.
Don’t Forget Good Dental Care Practices
To ensure excellent oral health, you should brush twice a day as it can help you to minimise the risk of plaque build-up again. Also, floss your teeth once a day and rinse mouth after every meal. Always have a balanced diet plan that can help you to ensure excellent oral health for you and reduce the consumption of sugary foods, the primary reason for bacterial growth around your teeth and gums.
Most importantly, go for dental check-ups regularly – once every six months. Your dentist will make a comprehensive oral examination, identify the potential dental issues, and provide you with treatment solutions.
At ProSmiles, we focus on providing minimally invasive treatment for gum diseases. With a few decades of consistent quality dental services, we pay special attention to improving the oral health of our patients through excellent oral care practices.
You can also reconstruct your bones using our bone grafting techniques if you have lost it due to the gum disease. With a team of expert dentists and trained supporting staff, you will get advanced, professional, friendly treatment experience from us.
Schedule Your Appointment To Get Your Full Confident Smile Back
Getting rid of gum disease also gives your quality life and confident smile back. Call us today on (03) 8613 3416 or contact us online to schedule your appointment for a holistic dental check-up and treatment.
Every invasive dental procedure carries risks and may not provide you with the intended results due to various factors. We request you to get the independent thought of a qualified health professional before going for any invasive procedures.