If your gums bleed, especially when you brush your teeth, then you may have gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum (periodontal) disease, and it is typically characterized by bleeding gums as well as red, swollen, or tender gums. Gum disease is an inflammatory infection that develops in your gum tissues as a result of excess bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup on your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease advances into periodontitis, which can destroy the gum and bone tissues, causing tooth loss.
If you have bleeding gums in Parma, Ohio, or are showing other signs of periodontal disease, then Dr. Parag Kirpekar may be able to provide treatment. Contact our dentist today to learn more about how we can heal your mouth of gum disease and how routine dental cleanings and exams help to prevent it.