154203434-1Bleeding gums can be caused by a lot of things. Sometimes brushing or flossing too vigorously can cause bleeding in the gums. Though your daily dental hygiene routine is essential to proper oral health, be careful around that sensitive gum tissue. However, if you notice regular bleeding in your gums, it is important to know that this is not normal. Bleeding gums can be a sign of serious gum health issues and periodontal disease.

Dr. John C. Cranham is a highly trained and well experienced dentist who practices state-of-the-art dentistry. Using the latest in dental technology and materials, Dr. Cranham can diagnose and treat gum disease with a comprehensive approach in his Chesapeake dentist office. Effectively treating gum disease is important for maintaining healthy tooth structure, especially as we age.

How to Identify Gum Disease

Our gums are what help to hold our teeth in place and support bone structure in the jaw. Neglecting your gums can cause bleeding, recession, and premature tooth decay. Gum disease is a serious periodontal concern caused by a bacterial infection. Gum disease should be treated by a dentist as soon as you start to notice warning signs. Identifying and treating gum disease as early as possible can help to avoid lengthy and costly procedures- and even tooth loss.

Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums or red, swollen or sore gums
Receding gums
Loose teeth
Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
Bad breath (halitosis)
Changes in the fit of dentures

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis: a common and mild form of gum disease that causes irritation, bleeding and swollen gums. Most people will experience some level of gingivitis in their lives. If caught early, gingivitis can be treated by removing plaque from teeth and gums with an intense cleaning called scaling and root planing. Dr. Cranham may also suggest the use of antibacterial rinses at home between visits to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.

Periodontitis: When gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is aggressive, and often leads to tooth loss. These are serious dental health issues, and may need to be treated surgically. Dr. Cranham will work with you to restore healthy gums with a range of treatment options.

Laser Dentistry

Waterlase MD Turbo is a state of the art dental laser that Dr. Cranham utilizes to avoid often painful and invasive surgery. In severe and advanced cases of gum disease, dentists traditionally used painful surgeries that require lengthy recovery times. With Waterlase laser dentistry, Dr. Cranham can gently disinfect and eradicate diseased tissue and stimulate your body’s natural healing response for a quicker recovery and little to no downtime.

If you think you are suffering from gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cranham for a complete oral health check up. We welcome new patients to our Chesapeake dentist office, serving many surrounding areas including Hampton Roads, Williamsburg and the greater Norfolk area.

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