My gums are bleeding, should I see the dentist?
…..The short answer is yes.
At Canberra Dental Care, we understand that bleeding gums can cause concern. That’s why we encourage you to seek professional advice to determine if you have gum disease.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common condition affecting the gums and surrounding tissues. It occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth, leading to gum inflammation and infection. Gum disease can manifest in two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis.
What should you look out for?
Bleeding gums are an indication of gum disease. If you notice blood on your toothbrush or in the sink while brushing or flossing, it’s crucial to address the issue.
Other symptoms include:
Red, swollen, or tender gums.
Persistent bad breath.
Changes in your bite.
What can cause bleeding gums?
Several factors contribute to gum disease, with poor oral hygiene being a primary cause. Inadequate brushing and flossing allow plaque to accumulate, leading to gum inflammation. Other factors that increase the risk of gum disease include smoking, hormonal changes, certain medications, genetic predisposition, and systemic health conditions like diabetes.
What can I do?
Regular visits to us at Canberra Dental Care will play a vital role in the early detection and prevention of gum disease. Our experienced dentists can diagnose gum disease early and recommend appropriate treatment. Routine dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, reducing the risk of gum disease.
Prevention is key when it comes to gum disease. At Canberra Dental Care we emphasise the importance of maintaining healthy gums.
Here are some steps you can take:
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
2. Floss daily to remove plaque and debris from between your teeth.
3. Maintain a good diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
4. Avoid tobacco products and limit alcohol.
5. Schedule regular checkups with one of our hygienists for professional cleanings and early detection of gum disease.
What treatment is available?
Treatment for gum disease depends on its severity. In the case of gingivitis, a deep dental cleaning and better oral hygiene practices may be enough to reverse the condition. However, you may require more extensive treatment if the disease progresses to periodontitis. This can include deep cleaning procedures like scaling and root planing.
If you’re experiencing bleeding gums or any other symptoms of gum disease, it’s essential to consult see a dentist. Early detection and proper treatment can help prevent further complications and preserve your oral health.
I need an appointment!
Our dentists and hygienists are available for appointments. Appointments are available via our on line booking site. Or by phoning our reception team during business hours.
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