Bleeding Gums: Are You at Risk?
Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth or eating certain foods? You probably know that continual gum bleeding can be a sign of early-stage gum disease, however you might not be aware that oral bleeding and inflammation can also hint at a host of other medical conditions. If you’re experiencing persistent bleeding of the gums, the best thing you can do is to schedule an appointment with an experienced periodontist like Dr. Alexandre Aalam or Dr. Alina Krivitsky of the CENTER for Advanced Periodontal and Implant Therapy.
Most often, gum bleeding and inflammation occur as a result of gum disease, and are a sign that your gums are not receiving the cleaning and care they need. A mild form of gum disease, gingivitis results from a failure to remove plaque during brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into a more serious type of gum disease known as periodontitis. When not addressed by a periodontist, this condition can lead to more serious gum and jaw issues and even tooth loss.
Drs. Aalam and Krivitsky recommend that patients take the American Academy of Periodontology’s Gum Disease Risk Assessment Test to determine if they are at higher risk of developing gum disease. The self-assessment asks patients to answer a series of questions, including:
- Do your gums ever bleed?
- How often do you floss?
- Are your teeth loose?
- Do you smoke or use tobacco?
- Have you ever been told at a dental cleaning or exam that you have inflammation of the gums?
- Have your family members had gum disease?
Those patients with a high risk factor for gum disease, and those who are already noticing concerning symptoms such as bleeding gums, should not wait to schedule an appointment with a periodontist. The earlier gum disease is diagnosed, the more Dr. Aalam and Krivitsky can do to improve your oral health, restoring the appearance of your smile and preventing other serious medical conditions from developing. Recent studies show an association between gum disease and other illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Taking care of your gums can help to protect your entire body.
If you are already experiencing signs of early gum, disease, it’s important not to panic. You can do a lot to improve the health and appearance of your gums. Drs. Aalam and Krivitsky recommend brushing and flossing teeth twice daily. If your gums are sore or bleed easily, take care not to cut into them with the floss. You should also avoid tobacco products, as these irritate gums and cause bleeding.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your gums, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky may be able to help. Specialists in gum and jawbone corrective treatments, they offer aesthetic crown lengthening, gum grafts and a number of other procedures designed to improve the appearance of teeth and gums.
If you’re suffering from bleeding gums, don’t wait to get help. Schedule a consultation with Brentwood’s only two board-certified periodontists, Dr. Aalam and Dr. Krivitsky, by calling (310) 299-8329.
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