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Causes of bleeding gums, and treatment options in San Francisco

Treatment for Bleeding Gums from San Francisco dentist

Bleeding gums can be an indication of more serious problems than you may think. Although there may be a few different causes of bleeding gums, the serious condition of periodontal disease is the most common. While it may seem that the little bit of blood that you see when brushing is rather harmless, this can be a sign of a serious health problem. There are harmful bacteria in your mouth, and your gums are your sign that action needs to be taken in order to protect your overall health.

The significance of bleeding gums is the progression of gum disease. From the very earliest stage of gingivitis, gum disease may display a variety of symptoms in addition to bleeding gums:

  • Soreness in the gums
  • Swelling of gum tissue
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and gum tissue
  • Changes in your bite (the way teeth fit together)
  • The feeling of looseness in a tooth or teeth
  • Receding gums
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In dealing with gum disease, early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent further complications that affect your overall health. The bleeding that occurs during brushing, or the swelling and discomfort of irritated gums are not an isolated condition. With this comes the potential for harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Furthermore, the bacteria that cause gum disease and bleeding gums can travel through the body just as food does, through the digestive tract. Some of the potential health hazards of gum disease include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Respiratory disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

It is vital to see your dentist immediately if you have bleeding gums. To address the issue of gum disease adequately, continue brushing twice a day and flossing; but also schedule a visit to Dr. Arellano to determine if gum disease is present and to what degree. Gum disease is treatable at any stage, but treatment is dependent on the condition of the gum tissue. To protect your health, contact us to address bleeding gums and the issue of gum disease.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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