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When you brush or floss your teeth and notice your gums bleeding, you may have cause for concern. This is especially true if swelling is present. A receding gum line is also a reason to have your gums examined. These are symptoms of a periodontal issue, and early diagnosis of the problem can prevent further complications. Early treatment can prevent bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

Cause of Bleeding, Swollen or Receding Gums

One of the major causes of bleeding, swollen and receding gums is periodontal disease. Gingivitis makes the gums irritated, inflamed and may cause bleeding during brushing or flossing. There are also medical conditions and medications that can cause these symptoms.

Genetics can play a role in some situations. When genetics are involved, even proper oral hygiene may not be enough to stop gum disease. This is the case for about 30% of the general population.

Females tend to be more susceptible to gum disease during times of hormonal changes. Puberty, pregnancy and menopause are marked by changes in hormone levels. These are also the times when some females develop gum disease. The gums can become more sensitive, and they may recede.

Receding gums can also be a result of brushing your teeth too hard. Using a hard bristle tooth brush and applying too much pressure can wear down the gums and tooth enamel over time.

Treatment

The extent and cause of the problem dictates the most effective treatment. In most instances, especially when the disease is detected early, a thorough cleaning, scaling and root planing may be enough to halt further damage. For those who are vulnerable due to genetics, hormonal changes or medications, more frequent visits to the dentist for cleaning and monitoring of the disease may be necessary.

In severe cases, antibiotics may be required to stop an infection. Surgery could be necessary to repair the gums. In these situations, ongoing treatment is needed before the disease is brought under control.

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta right away. Do not let gum disease lead to tooth loss. Early detection and treatment yields a healthier, brighter smile.

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Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry of Atlanta

4.8 / 5

Based on 30 reviews

I was recommended this practice from another dentist who told me this is where she would send her own family. I can definitely see why. This is a state of the art practice that is clean, modern, and well lit. The staff did a superb job.

James R.

Everything about my experience was enjoyable. I felt like the practice used all of the most advanced and best technology out there which gave me a wonderful feeling of confidence. They were very professional and straight forward and I have never had a better dentistry experience. I'd highly recommend checking them out if you're looking for a new dentist. They're friendly and efficient and they really do know what they're doing there.

Meghan D.

Dr Zelby has been my dentist now for almost 17 years. Not only is he a really nice person, his dentistry is completely top notch. If you need any restorations, I don't think that there is another place to even consider. You'll be amazed with his work!

Brian S.

Dr. Levine was great, and Dr. Zelby stopped by and answered some questions I had about sheering forces on enamel. They were both very friendly, and the hygenist (whose name I forget, unfortunately) gave one of the most thorough cleanings I've ever had. The office was clean, the devices all seem shiny and well maintained, and overall it was a great experience

Benjamin S.

After going to another dentist, doctor Zelby was able to fix my front two teeth so that the front two teeth were back to the same length and color. I'm so thankful he was able to make them look normal again. Dr. Zelby and his staff are so pleasant to be around as well. I highly recommend this office if you have a major problem with your teeth that need to be fixed. He can get it done and he will make sure you are happy.

Carrie G.

I had been going to the same dentist for many years and switched to Aesthetic and Implant recently. My experience with Dr Levine was incredible. I cannot be happier with the decision I made. The cleaning and other services I received were well above and beyond any other I have ever had. Highly recommend this practice to everyone!

Matthew G.

Couldn't be happier! Absolutely worth the travel time. Dr Zelby is without doubt the best - caring, knowledgeable, reassuring and very professional. Couldn't ask for better dentistry. Staff also very competent and professional. Beautiful, clean environment

Diane W.

Megan is the best dental hygienist I’ve ever had. She does a phenomenal job keeping your teeth clean, is super nice, and makes you feel right at home. The whole staff is very friendly and I couldn’t recommend this place enough!

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