Do you have gums that are tender, swollen, or bleeding?
Chronic bleeding of the gums is a sign of an oral infection.
There are several reasons why gums become swollen and bloody, including poor oral hygiene that does not remove plaque that builds up near the gums. If not removed through brushing and flossing, the plaque hardens into tartar that can only be removed by a dental professional.
Plaque is a sticky film that covers the entire tooth and creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. If left without treatment, periodontal disease can quickly form.
The early stages, known as gingivitis, is reversible through good at-home oral care and professional dental cleaning that removes tartar and bacteria.
How We Treat Periodontal Disease
Without treatment, gingivitis can easily form into periodontitis—a severe dental health issue that can infect the gum tissue and jaw bone. When gums become inflamed, they can create pockets around teeth that can easily collect harmful bacteria.
Signs of Periodontitis
Dr Greg Normoyle and Dr Annie Thompson can diagnose periodontal disease by looking for signs of infection, which may include:
- Consistent bad breath even after brushing
- Inflammed gums
- Red and bloody gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus around teeth
- Tooth pain
- Tooth loss
- Receding gums
Inflammatory diseases can affect other systems in your body, including:
- Heart disease
- Low birth weight
Certain medical conditions can make you more susceptible to having periodontal disease. For example, some medications can promote dry mouth, which can make it challenging to maintain healthy gums. Dr Thompson and Dr Normoyle work together with patients to achieve excellent oral health.
Therapy for Periodontal Disease
With help from periodontal dentists, we can manage periodontal disease. After a comprehensive evaluation, our dentists will create a personalised treatment plan to help keep the infection at bay.
We generally recommend a professional deep cleaning that removes tartar below the gum line. If necessary, we may apply a local antibiotic within the pockets to promote healing.
Once the deep cleaning is successfully finished, we recommend follow-up dental visits with Dr Normoyle and Dr Thompson so we can keep track of your healing and recommend oral health therapy if necessary.
In severe cases, bone loss may occur, and dental extractions are necessary. We will recommend reputable specialists to keep your smile happy.
Are Your Gums Bloody or Swollen?
Our entire dental team at Centre Street Dental work together to help you maintain and heal your oral health without judgment. Our Casino, NSW dental practice allows patients to conveniently get the dentistry they need to stay healthy. Our online booking form keeps patients and their families connected with us.
We also service Spring Grove, Greenridge, and Piora communities—please feel free to contact us.