Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for ideal dental health. However, some of our patients at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.
Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two, you don’t need to be concerned. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you need to return to our office so we can look for signs of gum disease.
Gum disease ensues when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.
In its mildest form, gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is limited to the gums. If it isn’t treated promptly, the infection can get below the gum line and into your jaw bone. This becomes periodontitis, a more advanced and serious form of gum disease.
Gingivitis is fairly simple to treat, and most patients respond quickly. Periodontitis requires more aggressive treatment, but should respond if treatment begins early enough.
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