Have you noticed increased sensitivity and bleeding in your gums?
Bleeding gums is often a sign of a more advanced dental issue. Patients with bleeding gums are likely to be experiencing symptoms of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, and in its most advanced stage can lead to tooth loss. If gum disease is caught during the gingivitis stage, your dentist may be able to reverse the effects of gum disease and restore health and function back into your smile.
During the early phases of gingivitis, your dentist may be able to perform a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth. Scheduling routine preventive care visits are one of the best defenses against gum disease. Dr. Henrich works with each patient on an individualized basis to help give them the dental treatment they need to restore health, beauty, and function back into their smile.
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. During gingivitis the gums become irritated and inflamed, causing the gums to bleed more easily. Patients with gingivitis may notice red gums, bad breath, receding gum line, and easily bleeding gums. The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and visiting our Tulsa dental office for routine dental exams are great ways to minimize your chance of developing gingivitis.
The next stage of gum disease is periodontitis. Periodontitis happens when the bacteria above and below the gum line create deep pockets where bacteria can breed. During this phase of gum disease, the gum line will pull away from the teeth, leaving them exposed and sensitive.
Tulsa dentist Dr. Henrich recommends that patients visit Henrich Dental at least twice a year for routine dental checkups. Regular checkups allow Dr. Henrich to accurately examine your teeth and gums to determine the overall health of your smile. Catching complex dental problems like gum disease early give patients the best chance of receiving effective treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
Henrich Dental offers a full range of periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease. Your treatment will be based on your specific needs and the stage of gum disease. Dr. Henrich will address any other dental issues you may have during your treatment to restore health and function back into your smile.
Depending on a few different factors, Dr. Henrich may suggest:
- Root Scaling and Planing
- Gum Surgery
- Periodontal Therapy
- Oral Hygiene
Dr. Henrich will work with you one on one to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. If you notice a decline in your oral health or notice that your gums bleed, contact our Tulsa, OK dentist office. Henrich dental is here to help you improve your smile and get one step closer to excellent oral health.