Victoriapark Dental

What is it?

Bleeding gum therapy is a treatment completed by our certified dental hygienists, focusing on active gum disease. More specifically, it is the treatment of gum diseases ranging from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. Our hygienists use scaling, root planing, and polishing to help treat the active disease of the gums.

Gingivitis (Mild Gum Disease)

Redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums is caused by leaving plaque and tartar on the teeth for too long. The bacteria found in tartar and plaque cause the surrounding gums to become infected. If this is not treated, then the bacteria will spread to surrounding tissue and bone, causing periodontitis (explained further below). Regular brushing, flossing, and hygiene appointments will help to avoid and alleviate gingivitis.

Periodontitis (Advanced Gum Disease)

The most damaging and destructive stage of gum disease is periodontitis. Periodontitis is a result of untreated or poorly managed gingivitis. This can cause gum recession from the tooth, causing “pockets” full of infection. This infection and collection of bacteria continues to spread below the gum line, causing further tooth decay and degradation of supporting bone structure.

When is it needed?

According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 60% of adults have more than a moderate form of gum disease. It is common for mild forms of gum disease to go untreated, but it is crucial to recognize the disease early to prevent worsening and irreversible damage. At Victoriapark Dental, our hygienists work to educate you on gum disease so you can be pro-active and maximize your chances to avoid it in any form. Signs and symptoms that you should watch for include:

  • Bad breath
  • Bad breath
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Swollen, tender, dark red gums
  • Bone loss

How is it done?

The bleeding gum therapy, offered at Victoriapark Dental, removes plaque and tartar via non-surgical treatment methods called scaling and root planing. This mainly involves the scraping off of plaque and tartar from the tooth’s surface, its root, and areas below the gum-line. This helps to remove bacteria build up as well, helping to avoid the arrival of gum disease.

After root planing and scaling have been completed, the patient’s teeth are then polished. This is done using a high-efficacy polishing paste, helping to remove stains and giving each tooth a whiter appearance and smoother feel.

Once completed, our hygienists will recommend you return every three, four, or six months to continue with your oral health maintenance and possibly further bleeding gum therapy.

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