Have you noticed bleeding gums after brushing and flossing your teeth? You might have gingivitis.
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is one of the earlier stages of periodontitis, or gum disease. Dr. Leah Romay treats gingivitis and gum disease at Baltimore Dental Co. If you would like to treat dental concerns such as bleeding and swollen gums, call 410.220.4680 or request a consultation with Dr. Romay on our website.
Signs of Gum Disease
Call our Glyndon, MD office if you notice these periodontal symptoms:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Sores in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Changes in the bite or fit of dentures
Gum disease can increase your risk of:
- Tooth loss
- Facial sagging
- Bone loss
- Gum recession
- Shifting teeth
- Gum swelling
Patients who have gum disease are more prone to developing heart problems, including heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes. It is imperative that you contact our dental office at the first sign of gum disease so that we can reverse symptoms before they worsen.
Treating Bleeding Gums
Dental Cleaning: Prevention is the best way to fight gingivitis and periodontitis. Schedule routine visits to our office for dental cleanings. Our hygienists remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Most patients that believe they have gum disease may just need a dental cleaning.
Scaling & Root Planing: An intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
Periodontal Therapy: Patients with advanced stages of gum disease may be treated with more advanced procedures or gum surgery. We may refer you to a periodontist, or a gum disease specialist when needed.
Preventing Gum Disease
Visiting the dentist twice a year can help you control the spread of oral bacteria. Routine dental health exams with Dr. Romay allow her to provide early intervention of gum disease. Gingivitis can be controlled and stopped just by dental cleanings and improved at-home oral hygiene routines. Dr. Romay can make personalized recommendations on how to brush and floss more effectively during a one-on-one consultation.