Bleeding gums is often an indication of a serious health concern. Although bleeding gums can be the result of aggressive brushing or flossing, more times than not, bleeding gums are an indication of gums disease Gum disease is a progressive infection of the gums. Catching gum disease in the earliest stage allows for a more conservative, minimally invasive treatment options. The longer gum disease is left untreated, and the more likely gum surgery will be needed to restore health to the gums.
At Skyline Family Dentistry in Bishop, CA, Dr. Gabriel Overholtzer offers a full range of preventive dental care and periodontal therapy services. Dr. Overholtzer takes a comprehensive approach to treating gum disease. During your appointment, Dr. Overholtzer will perform a full examination of the teeth and gums and create a solution based on your needs.
Signs of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease has two distinct stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
During gingivitis, patients may experience red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, and irritation to the gum tissue. In most cases, gingivitis can be treated through professional dental cleaning, improved oral hygiene, and antibacterial rinses.
During periodontitis, as the infection progresses, patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity, receding gum line, tooth loss, and bone regression.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene which causes an increase in plaque build-up near the gum line. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Routine preventive care visits also allows Dr. Overholtzer to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for any signs of gum disease. During your preventive care visit, Dr. Overlholzter can help you make more informed choices regarding your oral health as well as recommend any treatment you may need to restore your gum health.
Schedule An Appointment
To schedule an appointment, visit our Bishop, CA dental office. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (760) 810-4404 or schedule an appointment online.