Bleeding Gums can Affect More Than Your Smile

Many people ignore the symptoms of bleeding gums. Gums that bleed while brushing can often be an early sign of gum disease, but they can also be attributed to vigorous brushing, which is not considered an important issue.

Bleeding gums should be taken seriously and if the bleeding is accompanied by red or swollen gums, a visit to a periodontist may be required.

Caught early, bleeding gums aren’t necessarily an issue, but if left untreated, bleeding gums can lead to more serious issues. Gingivitis is the name given to inflammation of the gums, and is the early stage of gum disease. 

Bleeding gums should be taken seriously and if the bleeding is accompanied by red or swollen gums, a visit to a periodontist may be required.

Gingivitis can be successfully treated by a periodontist. A thorough cleaning of a sufferer’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar from underneath the gum-line is often required, and coupled with a strict dental health regime, can help to control and dispel the symptoms of bleeding gums and gingivitis.

Lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, and cutting down on alcohol intake can also help to reduce the effects of gingivitis.

Gingivitis, if left untreated, can develop into gum disease – also called periodontitis – which can have far reaching effects on the health of a patient’s teeth and gums. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and recession of the gum tissue, as well as erosion of the jaw bone. These complaints can make treatments such as dental implants more difficult to perform, and lessen their chances of success.

Gum disease can also lead to social and lifestyle issues, such as chronic bad breath. It is important that treatment is sought in the event of prolonged bleeding from the gums, or if the gum tissue appears red or swollen, or becomes tender.

There is also a link between gum disease and diseases which affect other parts of the body. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and some respiratory conditions share an intrinsic link with gum disease.

So, the next time you see blood in the sink while cleaning your teeth, consider the potential consequences of ignoring the early symptoms of gum disease. Contact Euro Dental Studio today if you are experiencing any of the preliminary symptoms.

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