Healthy gums play a crucial role in maintaining your overall oral health. They provide a protective barrier around your teeth, helping to anchor them in place and safeguarding the underlying bone and connective tissues. Proper oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and cleanings are essential in preserving the integrity of your gums and preventing gum disease.
Understanding Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It typically begins with the accumulation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—along the gumline. When plaque is not adequately removed through regular brushing and flossing, it can harden into tartar, which further irritates the gums and leads to inflammation.
The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Common signs include red, swollen, and tender gums, as well as bleeding gums during brushing or flossing. Fortunately, when detected and treated at this stage, gingivitis can be reversed, and the gums can return to their healthy state.
However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progress into more advanced stages of gum disease. As the infection deepens, it can cause the gums to recede, exposing the tooth roots and leading to sensitivity and potential tooth loss. Advanced gum disease requires more intensive treatment and can have broader implications for your overall health.
Dr. Guzman’s Expertise in Gum Disease Treatment
As a highly skilled periodontist, Dr. Guzman is well-versed in diagnosing and treating gum disease. When you visit Dental Partners of Boston with concerns about bleeding gums, Dr. Guzman will conduct a thorough examination of your gums and overall oral health. This assessment allows him to determine the severity of the gum disease and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
Bleeding Gum Treatment Options
There are different options to treat the different stages of gum disease. Here are a few of them.
- Scaling and Root Planing: In the early stages of gum disease, Dr. Guzman may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During this treatment, he will carefully remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, including the tooth roots, to promote gum reattachment and prevent further inflammation.
- Laser Therapy: Our practice offers advanced laser therapy for gum disease treatment. Laser technology can effectively remove infected gum tissue while stimulating the growth of healthy tissue, promoting faster healing and reducing discomfort during the procedure.
- Periodontal Maintenance: After successful treatment, Dr. Guzman will work closely with you to develop a tailored periodontal maintenance plan. Regular visits for professional cleanings and check-ups will help prevent the recurrence of gum disease and maintain optimal oral health.
Bleeding gums should never be ignored, as they can be an early sign of gum disease. At Dental Partners of Boston, we’re here to support you in achieving and maintaining healthy gums and a beautiful smile.
If you’re experiencing bleeding gums or suspect gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Guzman, our expert periodontist. Together, we’ll work towards restoring your gum health and ensuring your smile stays radiant for years to come.