Gums that bleed during daily brushing and flossing can be an early sign of gum disease, evidence that the gum tissue has become infected and irritated by harmful bacteria. Left untreated, gum disease will continue to advance and can cause permanent damage to the teeth and gums. Gum disease affects 75% of the adult population and remains the leading cause of tooth loss.

Dr. Christopher Paulson provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for gum disease at Arbor Dental Associates in Novi, MI to restore your oral health. Maintaining healthy gums is an important part of our preventive dental care program and Dr. Paulson and his staff monitor the gum health of their patients as part of routine dental exams.

Signs of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease has two stages, but most patients are not aware of its presence until the second stage when complex dental health concerns begin to surface. Understanding the common signs of gum disease can play an important role in early detection and effective treatment, reducing the need for extensive dentistry to repair damaged teeth and gums.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Changes in the fit of dental appliances
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sensitive gums
  • Shifting teeth

Treatment For Bleeding Gums

Routine dental care provides the opportunity to spot gum disease in the early stages and provide conservative, effective treatment. Treatment options can include:

  • Dental cleanings: for very mild gingivitis, a thorough dental cleaning may be effective. In some cases, Dr. Paulson may recommend an additional professional dental cleaning during the year for patients with recurring gum disease.
  • Scaling and root planing: this intensive cleaning will remove the plaque built up along the gum line and in pockets of the gums to allow the affected areas to heal.
  • Laser Dentistry: in some cases of advanced gum disease, Dr. Paulson can treat affected areas with a soft tissue dental laser, gently removing diseased tissue with minimal to no discomfort, bleeding and side effects.
  • Gum surgery: if damage from advanced periodontitis is extensive, Dr. Paulson may coordinate care with a local periodontist for the best result.