Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
Healthy gums do not bleed, if you notice blood when you brush your teeth you should consult your dentist. Bleeding from the gums can be indicative of many things; the most likely cause is gingivitis, an inflammation of the superficial gum tissue, which can be easily solved with simple cleaning techniques. However it could be a sign of something more serious like Periodontitis.
The illustration below shows how the early stages of gum disease can progress into periodontitis.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is also known as Gum disease, it is an inflammatory condition that results in the destruction of the tissue and bone that secures the tooth into the jaw. Periodontitis develops when the pocket surrounding the tooth is colonised by bacteria to the level that the immune system responds. The destruction caused by the inflammatory defences of the body is what charcterises the disease. Because this condition is a host dependant disease, once periodontitis is established it becomes almost impossible to cure it. Therefore we would rather the disease is prevented before it even occurs, this is why we encourage regular visits to the hygiene team.
If a patient does develop periodontal disease then our aim is to control the disease so no further damage occurs. This is achieved by making sure that each patient has an individual care plan that allows them to control their own periodontal condition. The hygiene team will then provide support and as required deeper cleaning so that pocket inflammation can resolve and further destruction prevented.
At the Grange Dental Practice, our Dentists and Therapist work with you to give you great Oral Health advice, and also offer periodontal treatment when required.