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Bleeding gums: are you concerned? You should be!

Posted by Central Park Periodontics on July 15, 2010

Bleeding gums are not normal. If your gums bleed, it means there’s a problem lurking; you could have gum pockets or even bone loss. When it gets this bad, it’s called “periodontitis.” One way to know is to make certain your dentist or hygienist uses a millimeter ruler (periodontal probe), that measures the amount the gums have separated from your teeth. Even if your gums are not bleeding, you could have severe periodontitis that puts you at risk factor for heart problems, strokes, respiratory diseases, and more. A diagnosis of bleeding gums or periodontal (periodontitis) disease does not mean all is lost. Gum pockets can be treated a number of ways that include scraping (known as scaling and root planing), to gum surgery often referred to as flap or osseous surgery. An alternative to surgical treatment of periodontal problems is using a laser (Periolase). This procedure ablates, sterilizes, and seals deep pockets to promote healing. This is known as the LANAP laser gum surgery.

Bleeding gums is a sign of a problem that needs to be addressed. The next time you visit your dentist, make certain he or she uses a periodontal probe and explains, in exact terms, how healthy or unhealthy your gums really are. Your life may depend on it.

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