Does Bleeding Gums Mean Gum Disease?

If you notice your gums bleed or feel sore, then you may need to schedule a visit with your Richfield, MN, dentist. We will discuss ways to restore the health of your smile and protect you from the negative impacts of periodontal disease. Find out when you should see us and how to treat periodontal problems.

The Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease forms when the gingival tissue becomes inflamed, often as a result of poor oral hygiene, smoking, family history, or certain prolonged illnesses. Patients with the disease may initially notice the gums feel sore, look for red than usual, particularly around the teeth, or bleed easily when brushing and flossing. As the issue grows more severe, swelling and recession could also occur. If you begin to experience any of these common warning signs, then please see us right away for a diagnosis.

Preventing the Disease

To avoid inflammation, we suggest you quit smoking and avoid tobacco products. We also recommend brushing twice a day and flossing every night before bed. These actions help reduce the severity of plaque buildup, preventing inflammation. You also need to see us twice a year for checkups and cleanings. The checkup allows us to monitor your smile for the warning signs of the disease, while the cleaning completely removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth.

The Dangers of Gum Disease

Without treatment, the disease only grows more severe until periodontitis sets in. The advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis actually leads to tooth loss since this stage attacks the connective tissue between the teeth and gums. If you do develop gum disease, we will help you manage the disease and protect your smile from tooth loss and other uncomfortable and serious complications. If you have any questions about treating and preventing gum disease, then contact our team today. Let’s embrace a healthier smile in 2019!

Do Your Gums Feel Sore?

We can help you enjoy healthy gums free of periodontal disease. To learn more about our preventive treatments, schedule a consultation with Dr. Keller by calling Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, MN, today at (612) 861-7188.