One of the most obvious signs of periodontal disease is bleeding gums. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums that bleed are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Norfolk, VA dentist, Dr. John Cranham treats bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding gums are caused by plaque buildup that is not properly removed. Plaque buildup causes your gums to separate and recede from your teeth. Plaque contains germs that irritate your gums causing them to become inflamed and receded. At this point, when you brush or floss your teeth, your gums will bleed. This early stage of gum disease is caused gingivitis. This buildup can also cause a tooth cavity and even bone loss. Plaque will eventually turn in to tartar that will cause the gum disease to further progress.
Bleeding gums can also be caused for other reasons such as pregnancy, aggressive flossing and brushing, dentures that do not fit correctly and certain medications. Bleeding gums occur 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 Norfolk, VA dentist, Dr. Cranham, during pregnancy to monitor gum health. It is important to use a soft bristle tooth brush and keep a consistent routine of flossing to avoid bleeding gums.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Dr. Cranham offers treatment for your bleeding gums at his Norfolk, VA dentist office. It is important to seek treatment for gums as soon as notice the symptoms of gum disease. If treated in the early stages, treatment is conservative not painful. If left of untreated, gum disease can progress into periodontitis, where the damage is irreversible and treatment is much more invasive. Depending on how severe your gum disease, he may recommend the following treatments:
Preventive Care & Anti-Bacterial Rinse – If caught early, gingivitis and bleeding gums can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning at our Norfolk, VA area dentist office. Dr. Cranham may also recommend improved at home oral hygiene and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to help keep your oral bacteria balanced.
Scaling & Root Planning – This non surgical treatment is an intensive dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. Using special tools, your dentist will scrape away plaque and tartar build up and removes bacteria from the deep gum pockets where it forms. Removing the bacteria from the pockets in the early stages of development can help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Laser dentistry – Using the Waterlase MD Turbo, Dr. Cranham can gently disinfect and eradicate diseased tissue without the need for surgery, sutures or long down times in his Norfolk, VA dentist office. The use of dental lasers has made treating gum disease and bleeding gums more effective and far less painful. A laser can be used to remove diseased tissue while stimulating healing to restore healthy gums.