Here at the Gentle Dental, we consider bleeding gums a dental emergency.
This is because of the negative impact on your oral health if left untreated or ignored.
We advise booking to see the dentist with bleeding gums – simply because it is easier to treat gum infections early on to prevent further complications happening further down the line that will be more difficult to reverse.
Why excessive bleeding gums is considered a dental emergency
Bleeding gums often are an indication of poor oral hygiene. In the early stages, gums tend to become inflamed and then bleed due to a buildup of plaque that forms along the gum line.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that spreads across your teeth and gums, so when a low level of oral hygiene is performed, this causes the bacteria to spread, causing decay and gum disease.
Once this happens, gingivitis will begin to form.
Toothpaste containing fluoride can be a great tool in preventing tooth decay and further progression of the disease in its early form.
If the plaque is not removed, it will harden and transform into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Once this progresses, the gum disease will progress into a more severe condition known as periodontitis.
When you should be concerned about bleeding gums
Even though bleeding gums are very common, you should be concerned if you notice them regularly bleeding.
This is a clear sign of gum and periodontal disease, and if caught in the early stages, it is much easier reversed.
Patients who ignore this condition will see it progress into chronic periodontitis, which will begin to recede the gums and cause the teeth to come loose and possibly fall out.
Gums do not grow back.
We use dental implants to treat missing teeth and will not be implanted at this stage until the underlying condition is taken care of.
Preventions to reduce gum bleeds
You can do things at home to lessen the impact of inflamed and bleeding gums.
However, once an infection or disease begins to form, you will need the intervention and advice of a professional dentist like Dr Ali Rifai.
We would highly advise that as soon as you notice this problem to book an appointment with a periodontist, who will decide on the next best course of action.
Here at the Gentle Dental, we are highly experienced in restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry, which means we can cater to a wide range of different types of dental problems.
In this case of bleeding gums, you must schedule an emergency appointment in our clinic in East Molesey. This is to prevent gum receding and your oral health from deteriorating.
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