Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? Are your gums sore or inflamed?
Bleeding gums are a common sign or symptom of periodontal disease, better known as gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums bleeding may all be present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
It is not normal for gums to bleed when you brush or floss. There are a number of reasons why gums bleed. For some patients, bleeding gums is simply caused by aggressive brushing or flossing or using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles. While it is important to brush and floss daily, you should be careful not to abrade or cut the sensitive gum tissue and cause bleeding.
Bleeding gums during pregnancy are very common because of hormonal changes taking place in the body. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, but be 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 a progressive disease that can damage the integrity of the health and function of the smile. This disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Other contributing factors to gum disease may include teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction, tobacco use, hormonal changes (as in pregnancy or menopause), and poor nutrition. Estimated to affect 75% of Americans, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Routine visits to the dentist are extremely important to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy, long lasting teeth.
Bleeding Gums Treatment
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be handled by Dr. Grapevine. Never attempt to self-treat bleeding gums or use over the counter medications without the advisement of a dentist. Treating gum disease promptly and effectively is important. Leaving gum disease untreated often leads to additional complex dental concerns, including tooth loss. Our Plano, TX dentist office offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all stages of gum disease and can help you restore your oral health with appropriate periodontal therapy. Depending on your condition, we offer a number of treatment options for bleeding gums.
If you have gingivitis, an early stage of periodontal disease, we will perform a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from exposed parts of the teeth and gums. Antibacterial rinses and other aids may be recommended to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis.
If you have been diagnosed with periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, Dr. Grapevine may need to provide more intensive treatment to restore healthy gums. Scaling and root planing procedures clean the deep pockets of the gums to remove bacteria and debris. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are searching for a dentist who treats bleeding gums and periodontal disease in Plano, TX and the surrounding areas, contact the office of Dr. Jacob Grapevine today. Schedule an appointment to learn what the best treatment option for you is.