Bleeding Gums Treatment
Gum disease is a set of inflammatory conditions that affect gum tissue surrounding your teeth. In its early stage (referred to as gingivitis), gums become swollen, red and may lead to bleeding gums. In the later stage of gum disease (referred ti as periodontitis), the disease is more serious and the gum tissue can start to pull away from your teeth. This can lead to potential bone loss and loosening of your teeth. In some conditions or cases, teeth could fall out altogether. Bleeding gums and gum disease is also associated with bad breath.
Gum disease (the cause of bleeding gums) is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth that infect gum tissue surrounding your teeth. Some of the common factors that may lead to gum disease or bleeding gums include poor oral hygiene, diabetes, smoking, HIV or AIDS, history of gum disease in the family and certain medicines. A dentist can diagnose gum disease as part of a dental examination; the dentist will inspect your gums carefully – visually and with various probes. X-rays may also be taken to look for any signs of potential bone loss around the affected teeth and gums.
Treatment for bleeding bums and gum disease usually involves having and maintaining good oral hygiene and regularly attending professional teeth cleaning sessions. Our dentists recommend to all our patients who suffer from bleeding gums and gum disease to maintain good oral health and hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. In some situations, the dentist may need to prescribe antibiotics or recommend dental surgery to address the condition.
Bleeding gums and gum disease is a very common dental issue; nearly half the population over the age of 30 is typically affected to some degree.
c.40 mins check-up, dental review and upto two x-rays
Appointment to treat bleeding gums & gum disease
Our dentist treatments are very ethically priced. That typically results in our prices being very competitive.
Dr. Deepa and Dr. Xenia are very experienced dentists, with over 20 years of dental experience between the two of them.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes bleeding gums and gum disease?
The main cause for bleeding gums and gum disease is bad oral hygiene. This causes formation of a bacterial matrix over the gum line (referred to as dental plaque). This can inflame the gums, causing them to redden and bleed. This early stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. Other contributory factors for bleeding gums and gum disease include underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes) and also poor nutrition.
Gum disease, if not treated, can progress to become more serious and lead to a condition called periodontitis. In its more serious stage, gum tissue can separate from the tooth and create a gum pocket between the gum tissue and the teeth. Often microbes colonize these gum pockets and cause further gum inflammation. This can in turn lead to bone loss.
What is Gingivitis?
‘Gingivitis’ means inflammation of the gums. It occurs when tissue surrounding your teeth become inflamed and red. Usually inflamed and swollen gums can lead to bleeding gums when you brush or clean your teeth.
What is Periodontal disease?
If early stages of gum disease or Gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to a more serious condition where gum tissue can separate from the tooth structure and form pockets. This condition is called periodontal disease. There are a few different types of periodontal disease conditions – all of them affect the gums supporting your teeth. As periodontal disease progresses, bone structure anchoring your teeth to your jaw can weaken or be lost. This can make the teeth loose and if left untreated may lead to your teeth falling out.
What happens if bleeding gums and gum disease is left untreated?
Gum disease often progresses quietly. It usually causes no pain initially, with the damage it causes going unnoticed for a duration of time. However, on occasion, bacteria associated with bleeding gums and gum disease can start to become more active, causing the gums to become inflamed, sore and also bleed. This can lead to the development of a gum abscess, wherein pus could form and ooze out of the gum tissue surrounding your teeth. If left untreated over long durations of time, gum disease may lead to loss of the bone supporting and surrounding the teeth, which can eventually lead to loss of the tooth. The longer you leave gum disease untreated, the more difficult it is to treat.
How will I know if I suffer from bleeding gums and gum disease?
If you find that you are spitting out blood after brushing and cleaning, that is usually the first sign of gum disease. Your gums could bleed while eating, leaving you with an unpleasant taste. You could also have bad breath.
What is the treatment for bleeding gums and gum disease?
The longer you leave bleeding gums and gum disease untreated, the more difficult it gets to treat it. You should visit a dentist to assess the state of your gums. To treat the condition, they will firstly remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth. Your dentist will subsequently focus on the regions of the gums where gum disease has progressed further causing gum pockets. The pockets will need to be cleaned from the inside to remove any microbes that could be growing on the inside. This cleaning process usually need to be performed a number of times.
The dentist will also advise you on how to maintain good oral hygiene at home – how to remove plaque and clean all around the tooth. Regular brushing, interdental cleaning and flossing are very important activities to address bleeding gums and to prevent gum disease from getting worse.
Dr. Deepa, our principal dentist, is an experienced dentist with almost.15 years of dental experience. She has treated many patients suffering from different stages of bleeding gums and gum disease. She will be happily assist you to treat any bleeding gums and gum disease conditions you may have.
Whites Dental provides treatment for bleeding gums and gum disease (including painful and inflamed gums, gum pockets and loose teeth) to patients around us in London Waterloo. We are located in London Waterloo SE1, adjacent to Southwark Tube station. We are also a 10 minutes’ walk from London Bridge, Borough, Waterloo station, Southbank & Elephant and Castle.