Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body in New Braunfels, TX
Gum disease is a common condition of the oral cavity. There are specific signs of gum disease such as swollen, tender gums that may bleed when touched. The terms “gingivitis” and “periodontitis” both mean gum disease. Gum disease begins as gingivitis and if left untreated can progress to periodontitis.
It is well-established that oral health affects overall health. Bacteria can travel throughout the bloodstream and can affect any area of your body, often with detrimental consequences. Therefore, maintaining a healthy mouth and seeking bleeding gum treatment is imperative to your physical and emotional health.
Signs of gum disease may include bleeding and inflamed gums, loose teeth, and/or periodontal abscesses. These signs are often accompanied by symptoms such as gum tenderness and halitosis. Bacteria in the mouth produce sulfur compounds that produce a bad taste and smell, resulting in malodor. Halitosis, or bad breath, can result in negative social consequences leading to depressed self-esteem and emotional health.
The most common of the signs of gum disease is bleeding gums. Bleeding gums may occur when brushing or flossing, or in severe cases, spontaneously. Since gum disease can have harmful effects on your overall health, it is important to have a periodontal examination to determine if treatment is necessary. Bleeding gum treatment may include a thorough cleaning, and often times a non-surgical periodontal treatment known as scaling and root planning. Advanced cases may require laser-surgical treatment. In addition, locally administered antibiotics are often used to reduce the bacterial content in the spaces between the teeth and gums. Once treatment is rendered, the bleeding and other signs of gum disease generally subside within a few days. Meticulous, daily brushing and flossing habits are vital to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
Your oral health is as important as your physical health. If you are experiencing any signs of gum disease, it is important that you have a comprehensive periodontal evaluation as soon as possible. Call Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole today to schedule your periodontal evaluation and learn about bleeding gum treatment.
At Smith & Cole Laser and Family Dentistry, we believe in providing exceptional care in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our doctors, Dr. Todd Smith and Dr. Michael Cole, are experts in their field and strive each day to make patients feel at ease while transforming their smiles. Our office is proud to serve patients from New Braunfels, TX as well as the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, Dental Implants, Sleep Apnea, TMJ, Sedation, Pediatric Dentistry, and CEREC Same Day Crowns. Call (830) 387-2852 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online!