Advanced Periodontics of Washington, PLLC
Dr. Rustin Levy

My gums bleed when I brush. Do I have gum disease?

Bleeding gums is one of the common symptoms of gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis develops when bacteria-filled plaque and tartar buildup along your gums and cause an infection. Along with bleeding gums, swollen, inflamed, or tender gums are all your body’s way of fighting the infection.

Gingivitis is easily treatable by a dental hygienist using a thorough teeth cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup. You will also need to improve your brushing and flossing skills, as a heavy plaque buildup is usually a sign of inadequate or improper oral hygiene. 

Without treatment, the plaque buildup causes spaces to open up between your teeth and gums. These are called periodontal pockets, and they are a problem because bacteria get trapped, and the infection starts attacking the bones and structures that support your teeth.

This stage is called periodontitis, and in many cases, Dr. Levy can treat it with a non-surgical deep cleaning procedure. After the deep cleaning, also referred to as scaling and root planing, you will require more frequent maintenance cleanings at our Washington dental office to maintain your gum health.

In advanced cases of periodontitis, we may recommend periodontal pocket surgery. We understand the idea of any gum surgery can be intimidating, but please put your fears to rest. You couldn’t find a more compassionate or genuine group of professionals than Dr. Levy and his caring dental team. 

If you notice symptoms of gum disease, call Advanced Periodontics of Washington so we can provide the prompt treatment you need.

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