Farmington Hills dentist explains bleeding gums
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
Gum disease may develop without causing immediate alarm. Gingivitis, the milder form of the condition, may cause irritation or occasional bleeding when brushing because, as plaque builds up, bacteria spreads into the gums and inflames them. This may cause intermittent discomfort. However, if the bacteria continue to invade the healthy gum tissue, periodontitis may result.
Periodontitis can be a significant problem. The inner layer of gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth and eventually creates pockets in which debris can collect, leading to infection. Plaque can then spread and grow under the gum line. Healthy gum tissues and bone can erode causing tooth loss and the weakening of support and foundation for surrounding teeth.
In additional to the obvious negative impact of tooth loss, gum disease is associated with other unpleasant symptoms, such as:
- Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
- Irritation, swelling, and sensitivity
- Chronic halitosis or a bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums, which can become visible
- Loose teeth or shifting of teeth
- Changes in the patient's bite, causing discomfort or difficulty with prosthetic devices, such as dentures
- Pockets or pouches between the teeth and gums
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Respiratory disease
For more information about the concerns about gum disease, contact us today at 248.636.2100. Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, is located at 31158 Haggerty Road in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
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With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein is a renowned cosmetic dentist and is passionate about providing the best for his patients, making him a respected pillar of trust amongst his community. He possesses a Masters in Biochemistry - WSU School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery - University of Detroit.He is presently a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) to name a few.
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