10 Apr

Bleeding Gums? Contact a London Based Dentist

Gum disease is very common in London. It is usually caused by bacteria, plaque, and inflammatory proteins. However, bleeding gums can be initiated by oral bacteria and further influenced by systemic diseases. Diabetes, steroid use, and numerous lifestyle factors, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and stress, have been known to negatively influence gum bleeding. Dietary habits have also been known to influence gum disease and its associated bleeding. Numerous types of treatments are now available for bleeding gums. Your London dentist and dental hygienist will work together to help you to prevent this problem, by showing you proper brushing and flossing techniques and home care. If your gums are already bleeding, then your dentist and/or hygienist will treat this problem, depending upon the extent of the gum bleeding. You will receive a thorough gum cleaning and tooth scraping. If a more serious problem exists, you may be referred to a gum specialist and also your primary care physician. Antibiotic therapy, root surface planning and/or gum surgery may be required, or an underlying disease condition may be present that can be controlled by your doctor. This may resolve the bleeding gum problem. Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, so make sure that you visit your London dentist on a regular basis to have your gums checked for any signs or symptoms of disease.