Why do my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums is one of the most common signs of gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup reaches the gum line, which leads to an infection of the gum tissue. Over time, the bacteria from the infection begins to damage the soft tissue, teeth, and bone structure. Treating gum disease in the earliest stages may prevent you from experiencing further damage, tooth loss, or bone deterioration.
Regular dental checkups can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. At Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA, we offer a full range of general, preventive, and periodontal therapy services. During preventive dental care, patients will receive a full comprehensive exam and a routine dental cleaning. Preventive dental care is an essential part of maintaining optimal gum health.
Identifying Gum Disease
Gum disease is usually diagnosed in the later stages. Most patients don’t realize they are in poor oral health until the symptoms begin to affect the function and aesthetic of their smile. For early diagnosis, patients should visit the dentist twice a year for routine dental checkups. Patients with gum disease may notice one or more of these symptoms:
- bleeding gums
- shifting teeth
- swollen, red gums
- gum irritation
- both sensitivity
- receding gums
During periodontitis, the teeth begin to pull away from the gums and may result in tooth loss. Treating gum disease before it reaches an advanced stage can help you avoid complex dental issues in the future.
Treatment For Gum Disease in Reston, VA
The type of treatment will depend on the severity of infection and the overall condition of the teeth. Dr. Datta, Dr. Sensenbrenner or Dr. Shaw will work with you to create a personalized solution to stop the progression of gum disease and address any damage.
- At home oral hygiene improvements
- Antibacterial rinses
- Scaling and root planing
- Laser Dentistry
Schedule An Appointment
If you are experiencing any signs of gum disease, visit Ridgetop Dental in Reston, VA. To schedule an appointment, call us or schedule an appointment online.