bleeding gums

What Causes Bleeding Gums

Generally, when a patient comes to us with bleeding gums, it is because of an infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when bacteria grow at or below your gumline. Bacteria create an acidic environment that put your teeth at risk for decay and your gums at risk for infection. Periodontal disease also causes painful, sensitive teeth and bad breath.

No matter how well you brush and floss, regular dental cleanings are essential in maintaining healthy gums. Your toothbrush simply cannot reach all the areas on the surface of your teeth and between your teeth without the help of a dental hygienist.

Addressing your bleeding gums is important because periodontal disease can affect your overall health. Scientists discovered a link between periodontal disease and conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.

When you visit Belton Healthy Smiles, Dr. Kuklenski will perform a thorough exam of your teeth and gums. Once he has a clear assessment of your dental health, he can recommend the type of dental cleaning that will work best for you.

Our hygienists are gentle and highly skilled, offering all types of dental cleanings and keeping you comfortable for your treatment. If you suspect that you have periodontal disease, call us and make an appointment today.

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