If your arm or leg started bleeding, you wouldn't ignore it, yet many people don't give their bleeding gums a second thought. Swollen and bleeding gums can indicate gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria-filled plaque hardens into tartar and irritates gums. Decaying food between teeth add to the problem, and a bacterial infection sets in. This causes inflammation, gum recession, bad breath, and eventually tooth loss.
During your routine exam, Dr. Mosby and his skilled dental hygienist will inspect your soft tissues for signs of periodontal disease. If we find a problem, Dr. Mosby may recommend treatment, such as scaling, root planing, or advanced care. Research has linked gum disease to heart disease, diabetes complications, increased risk for a stroke, and low-weight or premature births, so don't disregard warning signs.
For a complete exam, call our Kingwood dental office today. Our practice serves patients throughout the Houston area, including Spring, Humble, and Crosby. To learn more about gum disease and periodontal therapy, visit our patient library.