My gums bleed when I brush. Do I have gum disease?
Bleeding gums is one of the most obvious signs that you have some degree of gum disease. While it’s a good indication that something is wrong, we won’t know the extent of the disease until we perform a thorough exam.
Gum disease is a progressive and chronic condition. Gingivitis is the first stage and affects only the gums around your teeth. We can prevent gingivitis from becoming more severe with frequent professional cleanings and a vigilant oral hygiene routine.
Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease, where gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. Symptoms of periodontitis include gums that pull away from the teeth, bad breath that won’t go away, and loose teeth.
We usually treat periodontitis with a deep cleaning procedure called root planing and scaling. Deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup both above and below the gum line. If not treated, the bones, gums, and connective tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. Unfortunately, affected teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
We can help you avoid gum disease if you follow a conscientious oral hygiene routine and keep up with semi-annual visits to our Little Elm dental office for checkups and cleanings. If you see symptoms that you think might be related to gum disease, please call us. The sooner we treat the problem, the less likely it is that you will have to worry about problems like tooth loss.