Riverpark Dental London, ON

What is it?

Bleeding Gum Therapy is the complete approach our hygienists take towards preventing periodontal disease and includes scaling, root planning, polishing, and is customized to the phase of periodontal disease you are in.

Gingivitis (Mild Gum Disease)

Bacteria that live on plaque infect your gums and other tissues and if not addressed they will spread to deeper tissues, and periodontal disease can arise. Mild gum disease is characterized by red, swelled, and irritated gum tissue. We can proactively treat gum disease with regular dental hygiene appointments and consistent brushing and flossing at home.

Periodontitis (Advanced Gum Disease)

When gum disease is left unaddressed, periodontitis can arise and is the most dangerous and damaging stage. Gum recession will occur and the space between your teeth and gums will become infected. Increased gum recession, loss of bone and tooth will occur if not managed.

When is it needed?

Alarmingly, the American Dental Association says that approximately 60% of adults have gum disease in some form or another. Mild gum disease is often present without you even knowing, which can quickly advance into periodontitis. Catching gum disease when it is in its mild stage is the best form of treatment so we can prevent it from advancing into periodontitis and loss of important tissues.

Symptoms include:

  • Gum recession
  • Dark and swollen gums
  • Loss of teeth
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Pain while chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Wiggling teeth
  • Loss of bone

How is it done?

We commence the bleeding gum therapy treatment by doing non-invasive scaling and root planning to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Scaling involves plaque removal from the gum line and root planning involves the teeth’s roots.

We then polish the teeth using a polishing paste that removes stains and fills the tiny grooves of the teeth with polish so that plaque cannot build-up. Polishing is also cosmetic as it leave the teeth looking white and smooth.

Depending on what the hygienist recommends, the program will continue on a 3, 4, or 6 month repetitive cycle.


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