Gums that bleed during routine daily oral hygiene or have become red and swollen are the early signs of developing gum disease. If you are experiencing changes in the appearance of your gums, or your gums bleed during tooth brushing it is important to schedule an appointment so that Dr. Tufa can evaluate the overall condition of your oral health. Prompt and effective treatment of gum disease in the early stage can help you avoid more complex concerns that can impact both oral and overall health.
In addition to gum disease there are other risk factors that can cause the gums to bleed:
- Pregnancy- hormonal changes can make the gums more susceptible to irritation and bleeding
- Certain medications, medical conditions
- Poor nutrition
- Smoking, tobacco use
Treatment for Gum Disease in Westborough
Dr. Tufa can provide experienced, comprehensive care for all stages of gum disease. We screen for the early signs of gingivitis during all routine preventive care exams to help our patients avoid advanced gum disease and other complex dental problems. After evaluating your oral health, Dr. Tufa can offer a personalized treatment plan to address periodontal disease and maintain healthy gums. We take into consideration your overall health, medical conditions you may have and lifestyle habits that affect your oral health.
Treating gum disease can be as simple as the use of antibacterial rinses to reduce bacteria and as involved as oral surgery to remove and repair damaged tissue. Depending on your needs, we will recommend appropriate care and coordinate with specialists as necessary. The goal is to restore healthy gums that can serve as a support for long-term oral health and overall physical well being.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
Preventing the development of gum disease can be accomplished through routine dental care and healthy habits. This includes a daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing, a healthy diet with limited added sugars, and no smoking or tobacco use. If you are genetically predisposed to periodontal disease, Dr. Tufa will work with you to develop a personalized plan to minimize your risk. More frequent dental cleanings and the use of specific oral care products at home may be recommended to help you stabilize and maintain your dental health.