One of the symptoms of the onset of gum disease is bleeding gum tissue. But if gums bleed only when provoked, it might be time to evaluate your brushing habits and the tools you are using. A visit with your dentist will determine if you need to make some brushing changes or if you are dealing with a more serious problem.
Many patients believe they need to scrub teeth to keep them as plaque free as possible. While intentions are good, scrubbing teeth with a heavy hand and hard bristle tooth brush can result in severe damage. Some of the negative results that can occur involve premature gum erosion and thinning dental enamel.
Keeping teeth clean can be done just as easily with twice daily brushing using a soft bristle brush … an even better choice would be an electronic tooth brush. They basically do all the work as you guide them around your mouth to reach all teeth. Another plus is that most come with a built-in timer that signals you when you have brushed the recommended two minutes.
If you have made changes to your daily oral hygiene regimen by lightening your touch and switching to a soft bristle brush but gums continue to bleed, it is time to consider other factors. If gum disease is present other symptoms to look for include red, swollen gums; chronic bad breath; receding gum tissue; teeth feel loose or appear to be pulling away from gums; or discomfort.
Not all teeth need to be affected to be classified as gingivitis. As few as one or two teeth can signify you require periodontal treatment. Seeing your dentist right away might prevent the onset of periodontitis, the more serious classification of gum disease.
Treatment often involves a deep cleaning where the dentist reaches well below the gum level to remove plaque that has formed. If infection is present, an antibiotic medication may be utilized. An anti-bacterial rinse may also be recommended for future use.
Going forward, the optimum treatment will involve brushing at least twice every day with a fluoridated tooth paste, flossing daily (this is important for healthy gum tissue), and seeing your dental professional at least twice yearly for cleaning and exam. Patients with a history of periodontal disease may require more frequent yearly dental visits.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan. Call 281-609-7377 today to schedule a visit.