Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects more than 3 out of every 4 Americans and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Beyond dental health, periodontal disease has been linked to many other major health concerns including heart disease, diabetes and low birth weight. Andrew Cobb, DDS stresses the importance of gum health to his patients and provides a comprehensive periodontal screening with each visit to look for signs of periodontal disease. Like most problems, periodontal disease is easiest to treat and manage in the early stages.
Dr. Cobb also offers a full range of treatments for patients who have advanced periodontal disease and experience problems like bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose or missing teeth.
Causes & Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There is no single cause or factor for periodontal disease. While poor oral hygiene may be a contributing factor for some, most people who have signs or symptoms of gum disease take measures to care for their teeth daily by brushing and flossing. In many cases, smoking or tobacco use is a significant factor. Other causes may be a genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, prescription medication, teeth grinding, poor nutrition and stress.
Known as a “silent disease”, many patients with gum disease don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the condition. Patients with gum disease most commonly experience:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Treatment For Gum Disease in Washington, DC
Dr. Cobb offers many options for gum disease treatment depending on your specific condition. We may choose from traditional techniques as well as new technologies like laser dentistry to perform treatment that is faster and more comfortable.
What helps stop bleeding gums?
Before treating a symptom, it is important to understand the cause. Recurring bleeding gums is commonly a result of undetected periodontal disease. Your bleeding gums could be an indication of more damage to your oral and overall health than you realize.
*Note: If your gums only bleed sporadically, try easing up on the pressure you apply when you are brushing or flossing. If bleeding subsides when you brush with a gentler hand, you may not have anything to worry about. Be sure to mention your bleeding gums to Dr. Cobb either way during your next dental health exam.
If your gums bleed daily, visiting our Washington, DC dentist office as soon as possible could protect you from developing secondary health complications. Gum disease is a leading risk factor for many systemic health issues including cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
How To Stop Bleeding Gums
The best way to treat bleeding gums is to prevent gum disease. Once gum disease begins to develop, Dr. Cobb offers periodontal treatment options to control and eliminate harmful oral bacteria. We offer a variety of periodontal treatments for varying stages of periodontal disease. Caught early, scaling or root planing, a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth, can often control the spread of disease. In the later stages of gum disease, laser dentistry treatments or oral surgery may be necessary to restore a patient’s oral health.
Patients typically see a decrease in bleeding gum experiences once the harmful bacteria is controlled or eliminated. Dr. Cobb will make personalized oral hygiene recommendations for each patient to help maintain results after treatment.
The Best Way to Stop Bleeding Gums is by Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is commonly developed due to a lack of oral hygiene. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help prevent gum disease, and at the least can catch the signs early to prevent further spreading and damage. Routine biannual professional dental cleanings reach areas of the teeth and gums that regular brushing and flossing can not, helping to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar that feed disease-causing bacteria.
And, of course, thorough, twice daily brushing and flossing are an essential piece of a productive oral hygiene routine. Be sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and gently brush your gums and tongue to help control oral bacteria.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If you have loose or missing teeth as a result of periodontal disease, Dr. Cobb will also recommend replacement options. Treatment for missing teeth may include: dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.
Periodontal Therapy FAQs
What are some symptoms of the early stages of gum disease?
Receding gums, sensitivity to brushing and flossing, red gums, loose teeth, and bad breath are all early symptoms of gum disease. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms for an extended period of time you should go see your dentist and ask if they are concerned about your gum health.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases can be caused by a variety of oral hygiene issues regarding plaque buildup. When plaque forms near or underneath the gums and is not cleaned properly it can harden causing gum irritation. Smoking tobacco, obesity, recreational drug use, and poor oral habits can also contribute to periodontal disease.
What are periodontal diseases?
Periodontal diseases are serious infections of the gum that cause damage to the soft tissue. If left untreated this can cause tooth loss later down the line. Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease, but it is the first type to occur and the most mild. Periodontal disease is broken up into 4 stages: gingivitis, slight periodontal disease, moderate periodontal disease, and advanced periodontal disease. As you make your way through each stage the chance of needing surgery becomes higher.
Schedule a Dental Exam
If you have sore gums or bleeding gums, request an appointment online with Washington D.C. dentist Dr. Andrew Cobb for a periodontal screening.