You couldn’t help noticing that your gums bled the last time you flossed.
You don’t want to worry about it, but the truth is that bleeding gums are not something you should ignore. That can be one of the first signs of a periodontal problem.
It’s also a good reason to schedule an appointment at Smiles of Orland Park soon. With our gum disease treatment, we can get your smile back in shape. Call 708-858-9591 to plan your visit to our dentist office in Orland Park, IL.
Clean Up Your Smile
Bleeding gums don’t exactly make your smile look attractive. In the early stages of a gum infection, your gums may only bleed when you floss or brush. As the infection becomes more advanced, your gums may start to bleed at other times, too.
The appearance of your gums can be another clue that you may have gum disease. Healthy gums typically look pink and firm. Infected gums are redder and swollen.
In the latter stages, your gums can recede or separate from your teeth. This can allow plaque and tartar to form on the roots of your teeth. You might notice a lingering bad taste in your mouth (or other people may be aware of lingering bad breath).
And if the infection is bad enough, your teeth may start to feel loose or even fall out.
Notice that we have not mentioned pain. Some people do have soreness as a result of infected gums, but it’s possible to have an infection without any pain.
We want to address any infection as early as possible. We want to save your smile and remove the cause of your infection.
Receive Advanced Care
Before we get into treatment options, we need to emphasize the preventive care is the best approach to oral health. We recommend brushing and flossing daily and getting regular dental cleanings and exams a few times each year.
If we notice symptoms of gingivitis (early gum disease), we can help with a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. This is when we remove plaque and tartar buildup below the gumline and smooth the surface of the tooth to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
For more advanced cases, we are happy to offer dental laser treatment. This is a big step up from the old way of removing the infected tissue with gum surgery. With the laser, we can evaporate infected tissue. This eliminates the need for stitches in most cases, allows you to recover faster (when compared to gum surgery), and seals and preserves more of your healthy gum tissue.
To help stop a recurring infection, we may prescribe Arestin, an antibiotic, to help restore the health of your gums.
Repair Your Gums
Healthy gums are essential for a healthy smile. Fighting gum disease is something we do every day at Smiles of Orland Park. We would be happy to help you prevent and treat periodontal problems.