When you’re brushing your teeth, do you notice bleeding when you spit out your toothpaste? Are your gums red and inflamed? If you are dealing with these changes in your smile, it is important that you do not ignore them. Bleeding gums is not normal and should be addressed with a dental professional as soon as possible. Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro of Mesa, AZ see patients who have these complaints and often find the underlying problem: periodontal disease.
Understanding periodontal disease
Patients who are unaware of the problems associated with periodontal disease will often find that the condition will progress without a proper diagnosis or treatment. Also known as gum disease, this infection develops due to poor oral hygiene. Without a diagnosis or effective treatment, patients will experience further damage to their smile. This includes shrinking gum tissues. bone loss, and even the loss of permanent teeth or restorations such as dental implants. With this in mind, it is essential that patients get an evaluation sooner rather than later!
The earliest stage is known as gingivitis. This stage is often characterized by bleeding, swollen gums. At this point, the condition can be successfully diagnosed and treated with the help of our dental team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry. The best treatment at this stage is often scaling and root planing, during which patients will undergo an extremely thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, including the tooth roots. Patients might also be prescribed antibiotics which can be taken orally or may be applied directly to the gums as part of the treatment plan. Without treatment, the condition only worsens and can cause significant oral health concerns.
Are you struggling with red, swollen, and bleeding gums?
It’s time to connect with a Mesa, AZ area dentist for an evaluation. Bleeding gums should never be ignored as they may be a sign of a more serious issue. If you need an examination, schedule an appointment to work with any of our dentists at our state-of-the-art facility at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite #1. Call (480) 834-6991 to book a visit with Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro.