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Should You Get Checked if You Have Bleeding Gums Every Now and Again?

Posted on 5/4/2020 by Office
Should You Get Checked if You Have Bleeding Gums Every Now and Again?Do your gums bleed whenever you brush? Or is the problem sporadic? You may think that it is no big deal if you notice bleeding every now and then. However, to ensure your gingival health, you should schedule a comprehensive periodontal exam or CPE. By taking this step, you can learn the extent of your gum disease. Knowing this information can help us formulate a treatment plan that can restore your gums and teeth before the problem becomes more advanced.

What Is a CPE and What Does It Cover?

A comprehensive periodontal exam (CPE) can help you realize better periodontal health, as you can address a problem with bleeding gums before it worsens. That is because we measure the pocket depth of the gums to see how snugly the gums fit next to the teeth. If the pocket depth is negligible, your gums are in good shape. Therefore, the larger the pocket depth, the more extensive the gum disease. We will also take x-rays of your teeth and jawbone to check the quality of the bone and examine the roots. Once we make a diagnosis, we can develop a treatment plan. In most cases, we will plan a scaling and root planing (SRP) to deep clean the teeth and remove tartar and plaque below the gum line.

What Is an SRP?

A scaling and root planing (SRP) prevents the progression of gum disease, as we remove the plaque and tartar that holds the harmful bacteria that impacts gum health. By performing a deep clean, we can get rid of the infection that inflames the gums and leads to further decay. If this is not done, a patient may experience abscesses or further destruction of the jaw bone. Because gum disease is a systemic disease, it can trigger other health problems as well, including cancer and heart disease. Therefore, noticing gum bleeding every now and then is not something you should take lightly.
Do you have bleeding gums? Even if bleeding occurs once in a while, you should contact our periodontal team about scheduling a CPE. By taking this measure, you can treat a gum disease problem and keep it from progressing. Give our staff a call now and schedule an appointment.

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