Bleeding gums are one of the classic signs of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums bleeding are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Chesapeake dentist, Dr. John Cranham treats bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums are not normal. Though bleeding gums is the most common sign of gingivitis and gum disease, there may be other causes of bleeding gums.
Bleeding gums may be the result of aggressive flossing, tooth brushing, or using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles. Daily care is extremely important, but use caution around the sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding gums.
Bleeding gums are also common during pregnancy because of hormonal changes taking place in the body. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, but be extra cautious around sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding. It is important to maintain routine visits to the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums cause by a bacterial infection. Gum disease may affect one or more teeth as well as the surrounding gum tissue and supporting bone.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums or red, swollen or sore gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Bleeding Gums Treatment
Only a dentist should provide treatment for bleeding gums. Never attempt to self treat bleeding gums or use over the counter medications without the advisement of a dental professional. Depending on your condition, there are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums.
Gingivitis – Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. It is common for people with gingivitis to experience bleeding gums when brushing teeth or flossing. For gingivitis treatment, plaque is removed from exposed parts of the teeth and gums. Antibacterial rinses and other aids may be recommended to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis.
Periodontitis – Without treatment, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. For this advanced form of gum disease, the dentist may need to provide more intensive treatment. Scaling and root planing are procedures that clean the deep pockets of the gums to remove bacteria and debris. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Laser Dentistry – The Waterlase MD Turbo is a state of the art dental laser which allows us to treat advanced cases of gum disease that traditionally required painful, invasive therapy. The Waterlase MD provides a conservative treatment that gently disinfects and eradicates diseased tissue to stop destruction and let gums heal. Laser dentistry is fast, efficient, and safe. Bleeding is minimal, recovery time is quicker, and in many cases there’s no need for stitches.
The Cure for Bleeding Gums
If you have bleeding gums or sore gums, schedule a consultation with Chesapeake dentist Dr. John Cranham for a periodontal screening to check for signs of gum disease.
Call our Chesapeake Dentist Office at 757-656-4109 or schedule your next appointment online.