Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
If you notice blood on your toothbrush or feel tenderness or pain while brushing or flossing, it is important to visit Dr. Val Ludlow as soon as possible. Bleeding gums are not normal. If your gums bleed on a regular basis, you may have gum disease and should schedule a consultation with our Holladay, UT dentist office.
Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection. Disease-causing bacteria feed off of plaque and tartar. As bacteria spreads, the health of the teeth, gums and jaw bone become susceptible to damage. Gum disease can cause gum recession, bone deterioration, and tooth loss. Gum disease is also linked to a range of systemic health concerns. Treating gum disease early can reduce the risk of more complex health problems. Patients with advanced stages of gum disease are more susceptible to developing or experiencing heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and inflammation.
While gum disease is a common condition, patients who visit the dentist at least twice a year are able to control the spread of the disease, preventing further damage to the teeth and gums. Dr. Ludlow and the American Dental Association recommend visiting the dentist every six months. Regular dental exams help Dr. Ludlow find and treat gum disease in the earliest stages of effective and conservative treatment.
Treatment Options for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for periodontal disease will be determined based on the progression of the disease. Dr. Ludlow offers personalized treatment plans that address any damage done to the bone, teeth or gums and prevent further spread of bacteria.
- Antibacterial rinses: for mild gingivitis or patients with chronic gum disease, the use of an antibacterial rinse as part of your daily oral hygiene can reduce bacteria and restore oral health.
- Scaling and root planing: removes plaque from the deep gum pockets and tooth roots to avoid disease progression and permanent damage.
- LANAP: LANAP is a highly effective alternative to oral surgery that uses a special laser specifically designed to clear out the bacterial infection that causes gum disease. LANAP treatment eliminates the need for gum surgery in advanced cases of periodontal disease. LANAP laser therapy can help prevent the loss of teeth and the spread of the infection to your bloodstream.
- Laser dentistry: Dr. Ludlow utilizes advanced laser therapy for the treatment of gum disease with more accuracy, fewer side effects, and lasting results.
- Oral surgery: when deemed necessary, Dr. Ludlow can work with a local periodontist to coordinate care for advanced periodontitis, including oral surgery.
If you experience frequent bleeding of the gums, it is likely you have gum disease. Contact our Holladay dentist office to schedule a periodontal screening and teeth cleaning. You can call our Holladay, UT dentist office or schedule a consultation online.