If you notice a little bleeding or tenderness as you brush or floss, then you probably have scolded yourself about your need to floss more often. In the scheme of life, it’s easy to postpone flossing or brush too quickly, and we tend to view occasional bleeding as a little reminder to do a better job in the future.
Unfortunately, bleeding gums can affect more than just your smile. In fact, the consequences of bleeding gums can become irreversible with the professional help and advice of an experienced periodontist.
- It’s a sign of inflammation. Bleeding is the body’s way of responding to an infection. In this instance, even mild bleeding is a signal that the gums are infected. Sometimes, bleeding may be the only clue that a problem exists, even though harmful damage could be occurring beneath the surface. Long-term or chronic infection can lead to severe bone loss, tooth loss, and widespread health complications.
- Related to bad breath. Gingivitis and advanced gum disease don’t look very nice, but they don’t smell very nice either. Most patients who struggle with bleeding gums find that bad breath is also a constant challenge. This symptom is tough to control with brushing, mouthwash, mints, or gums. Instead, the source of the problem must be uncovered and treated appropriately.
- Socially unacceptable. Bleeding gums tend to look red, irritated, and puffy. These symptoms are difficult to conceal in social settings and those around you may consider your appearance to be a reflection of your overall personal hygiene or attractiveness.
- Bacteria related to gum disease can be transferred to children and loved ones. This bacterial infection can be spread between childcare providers and children, unnecessarily predisposing a young child to a lifetime fight against a preventable disease.
With the help of your periodontist, the source of your bleeding gums can be uncovered and addressed. Research has shown that this disease is best conquered when it is confronted in the earliest stages of development.
Don’t overlook or disregard your bleeding gums. Call the office of Drs. Susan Karabin and Edward Gottesman at 212-756-8890 to schedule your professional evaluation today.