Bleeding Gums: How Serious is It?

Did your gums bleed after flossing or brushing the other day? Did someone comment on your breath? Are your gums sore when brushing or flossing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a gum infection. Bleeding, bad breath, and soreness are all signs of periodontal disease. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that periodontal disease is the most common disease worldwide.

There are several stages to this wide-spread epidemic: Gingivitis, Early, Moderate, and Severe Periodontitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue itself. While Periodontitis affects the surrounding bone structure. This is a serious problem because once bone is lost, it is gone forever. Devastatingly, bone erosion causes loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.

Preventive Dental Care in Ashburn

Dr. Carter Reeves has received advanced training in treating periodontal disease, so don’t hesitate to call for an appointment. Infections only become worse and more costly to treat.

Please call us at First Impression Dental in Ashburn at 571-465-2114 if you notice bleeding or other irregular symptoms of the gums. We have extensive weekday hours, Saturday hours, and can make special accommodations if you have scheduling issues. Remember, the earlier you treat gum disease, the better you’ll prevent more serious problems later.