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What helps stop bleeding gums?

What helps stop bleeding gums?

Before treating a symptom, it is important to understand the cause. Recurring bleeding of the gums is commonly a result of undetected gum disease. Your bleeding gums could be an indication of more damage to your oral and overall health than you realize.

*Note: If your gums only bleed sporadically, try easing up on the pressure you apply when you are brushing or flossing. If bleeding subsides when you brush with a gentler hand, you may not have anything to worry about. Be sure to mention your bleeding gums to Dr. Cobb either way during your next dental health exam.

If your gums bleed daily, visiting our Washington, DC dentist office as soon as possible could protect you from developing secondary health complications. Gum disease is a leading risk factor for many systemic health issues including cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.
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How To Stop Bleeding Gums

The best way to treat bleeding gums is to prevent gum disease. Once gum disease begins to develop, Dr. Cobb offers periodontal treatment options to control and eliminate harmful oral bacteria. We offer a variety of periodontal treatments for varying stages of gum disease. Caught early, scaling or root planing, a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth, can often control the spread of disease. In the later stages of gum disease, laser dentistry treatments or oral surgery may be necessary to restore a patient’s oral health.

Patients typically see a decrease in bleeding gum experiences once the harmful bacteria is controlled or eliminated. Dr. Cobb will make personalized oral hygiene recommendations for each patient to help maintain results after treatment.

The Best Way to Stop Bleeding Gums is by Preventing Gum Disease…
Gum disease is commonly developed due to a lack of oral hygiene. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help prevent gum disease, and at the least can catch the signs early to prevent further spreading and damage. Routine biannual professional dental cleanings reach areas of the teeth and gums that regular brushing and flossing can not, helping to prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar that feed disease-causing bacteria.

And, of course, thorough, twice daily brushing and flossing are an essential piece of a productive oral hygiene routine. Be sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and gently brush your gums and tongue to help control oral bacteria.


If you have sore gums or bleeding gums, request an appointment online with Washington D.C. dentist Dr. Andrew Cobb for a periodontal screening.