When patients have bleeding gums, Dr. Amit Pandya of New Hyde Park is here to help. Unfortunately, many people are not even aware that bleeding gums are a problem, and think that seeing blood when they brush their teeth is normal. Perhaps they would think otherwise if they knew what they are seeing is caused by an infection.
Having some bacteria in our mouths is necessary for our health, but bacteria grow in excessive numbers when there is food debris available to them. Bacteria produce acid as a by-product of their metabolism, and the acid gets stuck in the sticky plaque surrounding teeth. Plaque in gum pockets is hard to remove, so bacteria often grow there, and the resulting acid damages gum tissue.
When gums first become inflamed, they are said to be suffering from “gingivitis.” If the infection becomes more severe, a patient develops “periodontal disease.” At this point, their gums will not only bleed, but recede, imperiling the stability of the teeth. Patients can prevent this by brushing their teeth thoroughly, but it is still a good idea to regularly come to our office for deep cleanings.
The office of Amit Pandya, DDS, is at 1575 Hillside Ave, Suite 207, New Hyde Park, New York, 11040. To schedule an appointment, call 516-233-2135, or visit his website at Going Grin and fill out a contact sheet.