At Elite Dental Arts in Midtown, when our patients experience bleeding gums, we want them to come to us for help. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a common condition and the most common cause of bleeding gums, but we don’t want our patients to accept it as normal. It indicates a major oral health problem.
Our mouths are complicated ecosystems which need to be kept in balance. When large amounts of food are left in the mouth, bacteria are able to multiply excessively. When bacteria feed, they produce acid. Our teeth are covered in a sticky substance called plaque, and when acid gets caught in plaque, it damages the tissues surrounding it. Bacteria most commonly grow out of control in the gum pockets, so it’s the gums that are initially the most affected.
Gingivitis on its own is a nuisance, but if it is allowed to continue, it will develop into periodontal disease. At this point, the gums, tooth roots, and jaw bone will all be at risk for permanent damage. Regular brushing can turn back gingivitis (although patients have to be careful to brush gently and use a soft-bristled brush, or risk damaging their gums). But to clean the gum pockets, they’ll have to get a deep cleaning.
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Nick M. Mobilia, DDS
ELITE DENTAL ARTS
9 East 45th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017