Do your gums
bleed when you brush your teeth?
Healthy gums do not bleed, if you notice blood when you brush your teeth you should consult your dentist. The most likely cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis, an inflammation of the superficial gum tissue, which can be easily solved with simple cleaning techniques. However it could be a sign of something more serious like Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is also known as Gum Disease; it is an inflammatory condition that results in the destruction of the tissue and bone that secures the tooth into the jaw.
Periodontitis develops when the pocket surrounding the tooth is colonised by bacteria to the level that the immune system responds. The destruction caused by the inflammatory defences of the body is what characterises the disease. Because this condition is a host dependent disease, once periodontitis is established it becomes almost impossible to cure it. Therefore we would rather the disease is prevented before it even occurs, this is why we encourage regular visits to the hygiene team.
If a patient does develop periodontal disease then our aim is to control the disease so no further damage occurs.
This is achieved by making sure that each patient has an individual care plan that allows them to control their own periodontal condition.
The hygiene team will then provide support and as required deeper cleaning so that pocket inflammation can resolve and further destruction prevented.
Periodontitis is a chronic condition, which means that once you have it you can not cure it, but you CAN control it.
At the Grange Dental Practice, our Dentists and Therapist work with you to give you great Oral Health advice, and also offer periodontal treatment when required.
If you are diagnosed with periodontitis, it is VITAL that you follow the oral hygiene instructions from your dentist and hygienist on a DAILY basis.
The Stages of Periodontitis
The diagram below shows how Periodontitis can develop and progress.