When people notice blood while brushing their teeth, they may ignore it at first, thinking that they are brushing their teeth too hard. However, if you see that your gums are bleeding and they look dark red or feel irritated, you should see one of our dentists at Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA. Bleeding gums can indicate gum disease, which we can treat with non-surgical gum disease therapy.
If you look closely, you can spot other signs of gum disease. They include:
Make an appointment with a dentist if you have these signs so that they can check your gums and treat the disease if you have it.
The treatment your dentist selects will depend on the stage of the disease. If you have gingivitis, which is the first stage, then he or she will deep clean your teeth and instruct you how to brush them. By properly brushing your teeth, flossing, and eating a healthy diet, then you can get rid of gingivitis and have healthy gums.
If our dentists in Salem Dental Group in Salem, MA, diagnoses periodontitis, which is the second stage of gum disease, then they will do scaling and root planing, or deep cleaning. Tooth decay, which is the cause of gum disease, occurs when plaque and tartar buildup on teeth. While you can easily brush away plaque, it can harden and form tartar if you don’t.
Scaling and root planing (SRP) involves using an ultrasonic cleaner, or scaler, to clean around the gum line to get rid of plaque and tartar. This instrument uses sound vibrations to loosen tartar from these surfaces. After using the scaler, the dentist will smooth the roots of the teeth to help the gums reattach to them.
Part of the treatment may also include placing medications under the gumline to kill bacteria that are still present. For patients with more severe periodontitis, our dentists at Salem Dental Group may have them return every three months for scaling and root planing to combat the disease.
If you suspect gum disease, contact our offices in Salem, MA, to schedule a consultation for non-surgical gum disease therapy.