For many people, bleeding gums may seem like a common occurrence. It can indeed be common, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. If your gums bleed, it could be a minor symptom of a more serious problem and should be treated as soon as possible.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
The simple answer is gum disease. While bleeding gums is easy enough to ignore, gum disease can worsen if left untreated. Often called a “silent disease” for its relatively minor early symptoms. Gum disease, or gingivitis, is reversible and easily treated with better hygiene, but without care can become more serious periodontal disease.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- Receding gums
Once gum disease becomes periodontitis, you may experience more serious symptoms including loose teeth and changes in the bite. In fact, advanced gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Drs. Kush Patel and Krutav Patel look for early warning signs at each appointment to try and prevent gum disease from worsening.
Early gum disease can be treated with diligent home dental hygiene. Be sure to brush teeth twice a day, floss, and use mouthwash. Once periodontitis develops, however, you may need more advanced treatment. Periodontal therapy may be needed to restore your gums to good health.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have noticed any of the early warning signs of gum disease, don’t wait! A minor problem can become a major one faster than you might think. To schedule a consultation with Drs. Patel to discuss your gum health, contact Craft Smiles in Fullerton, CA on our website or at (714) 888-7008.