Patients often live with bleeding gums for months or years without realizing how serious a condition it really is. Frequently, the reason cited for not treating this early symptom of gum disease is the fact that it is infrequent, or else frequent but minor. The fact is, whenever you find bloody gums after a regular brushing, your mouth is trying to tell you something is quite wrong and you should see your periodontist in Sterling, VA.
Bloody Gums and Gum Disease
While many patients know bleeding is a symptom of gum disease, they also tend to think it has to coincide with several other symptoms before it’s serious enough to bother treating. This simply isn’t true. Periodontal cleanings are a good idea whenever you notice bleeding gums, not only because they turn back the tide on infection before it has a chance to do real damage, but also because they give you a chance to have Dr. Kharmouche check for other symptoms that show the condition has advanced.
If your gums bleed regularly, you’ve probably got gingivitis, even if you have no other symptoms. It may be low level and you may be keeping it in check, but it poses a danger until it is fully treated. Cleanings and antibiotics are usually enough to help a low-level infection, and sometimes just cleanings and improved hygiene works. You need advice from a periodontist, though, and you need to be on the lookout for other symptoms.
- Loosening teeth
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
If bleeding is a persistent issue between cleanings, it’s even more important to work with a periodontist to put an end to your gum disease.
Make an Appointment
If you have regular issues with bleeding gums, it’s time to make an appointment with a periodontist in Sterling, VA. Don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse, treat them today and keep the smile you love from changing before your eyes. Call us for an appointment.