Dr. Amy Marckese offers periodontal therapy for the prevention and treatment of gum disease. It is estimated that 3 of every 4 adults is affected by gum disease, which when left untreated can lead to tooth loss and contribute to health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.
The best way to prevent gum disease is through routine dental care and maintenance that includes daily brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to the dentist for professional dental cleanings and examinations.
Gum disease is considered a “silent disease” because many patients with gum disease don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the condition. Common gum disease symptoms include:
- 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
Treating Gum Disease
Depending on your specific condition, there are a variety of treatment options for gum disease.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and an early stage of periodontal (gum) disease. It is common for people with gingivitis, to experience bleeding gums when brushing teeth or flossing. For gingivitis treatment, plaque is removed from exposed parts of the teeth and gums. Antibacterial rinses and other aids may be recommended to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis.
If you periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, the dentist may need to provide more intensive treatment. Scaling and root planning are procedures that clean the deep pockets of the gums to remove bacteria and debris. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
It is not normal for gums to bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth. Yet, a number of patients come to us with concerns about bleeding gums or sore gums. There are a number of reasons why gums bleed. In some cases, it may simply be that the patient is brushing their teeth too hard, using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles, or being overly aggressive when flossing. The gums are an extremely sensitive tissue and you should be careful not to abrade or cut the gum tissue and cause bleeding.
Women are commonly affected by gum disease and bleeding gums during pregnancy due to hormonal changes taking place in the body. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, but be extra cautious around sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding. It is important to maintain routine visits to the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
Schedule an Appointment
The best way to fight gum disease is through prevention. Don’t wait until it is too late. Contact the Indianapolis DentalSpa to schedule your next dental visit with Dr. Amy Marckese. Call us at 317-207-7171 or schedule an appointment online.