Safe and effective treatment for bleeding gums and gum disease
Bleeding gums are usually a sign of periodontitis, or gum disease. While this condition can seem like a minor issue, it can lead to a whole host of negative consequences for not only the health of your teeth, but also your overall body. Research shows that gum disease is linked to a variety of systemic, deadly conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancers. At Richmond Family Dentistry, Dr. Olivia Hart takes gum disease seriously and offers effective treatment for bleeding gums and gum disease.
Bleeding gums: causes, symptoms, and diagnosis
What causes bleeding gums? In most cases, gum disease is caused by insufficient cleaning of the teeth and gums with regular flossing, brushing, and professional cleanings. However, there are certain risk factors that increase your chances of getting gum disease, even if you are diligent about your oral hygiene. Bleeding gums in pregnancy are common because the hormones a pregnant woman’s body produces increase blood flow and make you more sensitive to the bacteria associated with gum disease. Some people also have a genetic disposition for gum disease, and certain health conditions, medications, and smoking are also associated with a greater risk for periodontitis.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Puffy, red gums
- Bleeding gums or “pink in the sink” when you brush
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tenderness or sensitivity in your teeth
- Loose teeth
Dr. Hart closely monitors each patient at regular dental check-ups for any signs of gum disease so it can be treated as early on as possible. The sooner you treat gum disease, the less chance it has of causing permanent, irreversible damage such as tooth loss and systemic diseases.
Halt gum disease in its tracks with effective treatment options
There are several ways Dr. Hart can reduce inflamed gums. With the aid of holistic methods to boost healing and minimize recovery, Dr. Hart may recommend one of the following options to get rid of swollen gums and stop gum disease:
- Deep cleaning with ultrasonic scaling or scaling and root planing
- Removing damaged gum tissue non-invasively with periodontal laser therapy
- Homeopathic remedies or natural oils to reduce inflammation
- Counseling on home hygiene, nutrition, and other methods for keeping your gums healthy
- Perio-protect hydrogen peroxide treatment
Treating gum disease not only helps bring your healthy, beautiful smile back, but also restores your overall health and well-being. Call Dr. Olivia Hart at Richmond Family Dentistry at (804) 381-6238 to schedule an appointment and stop your gum disease today.