Bleeding Gums Dentist – NYC

Understanding Gum Health: Causes and Treatment

When gums appear tender, red, swollen, or bleed it is often a sign of gum disease.
However several other factors can contribute to these symptoms. It is crucial to visit
the dentist promptly to address the underlying cause, even if discomfort is absent.

It is important to understand the potential causes of irritated gums.

Gingivitis: The Initial Stage

Gingivitis, which is typically painless, marks the first phase of gum disease. It arises
when plaque accumulates around the teeth due to inadequate removal over time. This
plaque harbors harmful bacteria that can provoke gum inflammation, and can lead to
swelling and mild bleeding during brushing or flossing. The level of discomfort can vary
among individuals although the seriousness of this condition remains consistent. If
gingivitis is left unchecked, it can escalate causing painful gums, bone decay and tooth
loss. It is often called a “silent disease,” because many people who have it do not realize
that they have it. Gum disease in the US affects about 75% of adults, with subtle signs
and symptoms often going unnoticed until a dental visit. This is the reason that regular
dental care is key for spotting potential concerns like periodontal disease early on.

Dr. Ursomanno’s Approach To Treating Patients For Periodontal Disease

During routine preventive care visits, Dr. Ursomanno will conduct comprehensive
periodontal screenings and recommend treatment as needed in order to prevent further
tooth loss or gum damage. Gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in the
USA today.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Common symptoms include red, swollen gums, bleeding gums, shifting or loose teeth,
receding gums, bad breath, and changes in denture fit. Recent studies have linked
periodontal disease to an increased risk of cardiovascular and systemic diseases. Early
detection allows for effective, conservative treatment to restore oral health quickly
before it progresses.

Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis: An Early Stage

Typically treatable, gingivitis may necessitate additional at-home care to prevent

Periodontitis: An Advanced Stage

Often requiring intensive treatment to manage effectively.

Treating Gum Disease

Dr. Ursomanno offers tailored periodontal therapy, depending on a patient’s oral health
stage. Treatment options range from thorough dental cleanings to more extensive
procedures like scaling and root planing or gum surgery for advanced cases.


What Causes Gum Disease?

Plaque buildup over time due to inadequate daily removal can lead to gingivitis which is
the early gum disease stage. Gingivitis can progress into an infection, causing gum
tissue destruction and bone degradation, potentially resulting in loose or missing teeth.

Prevention Tips

Dr. Ursomanno advises brushing twice daily, flossing daily, maintaining regular dental
visits, and following a healthy diet that will reduce the gum disease risk. Smoking
cessation is crucial, as tobacco use exacerbates oral health issues.

Managing Gum Disease Symptoms

Effective management strategies for patients with gum disease include regular brushing
and flossing, using antiseptic mouthwash, scheduling biannual dental cleanings, and
smoking cessation. For existing symptoms, there is deep cleaning or scaling and root
planing may be recommended.

Bleeding gums FAQ

Why Do Gums Bleed During Brushing or Flossing?

Brushing with excessive force or using a hard toothbrush can irritate sensitive gum
tissue. Switching to an electric toothbrush and practicing gentler brushing techniques
can alleviate this issue.

Why Are Gums Swollen?

Swelling may result from gum irritation or early-stage gum disease, signifying a need for
prompt dental evaluation and treatment.

Why Are Gums Sensitive When Eating or Brushing?

Gum disease, even in its early stages, can cause gum sensitivity and irritation.
Alternatively, consuming acidic or abrasive foods may temporarily irritate gums.

Seeking Periodontal Treatment And Advice

For persistent gum symptoms or concerns, scheduling an appointment with Dr.
Ursomanno at Shine Dentistry is recommended. Our team can provide a thorough
examination, personalized treatment, and guidance for optimal oral health.

If you need an appointent or a consultation call us at  212-242-5344 and ask for Kelly.

She will schedule you for a consultation. We look forward to treating you as a patient.



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