If you have a problem with bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease. While the early stages of gum disease respond well to improved oral hygiene, such as toothbrushing, flossing, and oral rinsing, left untreated gum disease can progress into periodontitis. Once you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that can eventually destroy the bones supporting your teeth.
To treat periodontitis, we will prescribe periodontal maintenance. This treatment involves visiting our office on a regular basis, generally once every three months, to have a professional cleaning performed. These treatments include thorough cleanings above and below the gum line, removing hardened plaque, also known as tartar, or dental calculus, as well as removing bacteria to prevent the condition from worsening.
Treatment of oral infections requires removal of the biofilm and calculus (tartar) from the teeth and gums by surgical or nonsurgical procedures, followed up with antibiotic therapy. However, these infections are not completely responsive to antibiotics. This is why oral infections are chronic diseases that require ongoing treatment and daily care by proper oral hygiene measures.
Periodontal maintenance is recommended every three months because if biofilm is not removed, the periodontal bacteria begin to flourish within three to twelve weeks. By providing a cleaning every twelve weeks (three months), we can remove these bacteria and keep the condition under control.
If you have noticed that your gums have a tendency to bleed, or if you have any questions regarding your oral health, please give our Best Dentistry team a call today at 206-783-3000 and let us help. Dr. Linh Nguyen and Dr. Alexis Wilson are always ready to help our patients in Seattle and Auburn, Washington, achieve bright, healthy smiles!