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 (gum disease). Many patients come to Dr. Cobb complaining of bleeding gums or gum pain. Depending on the specific patient’s circumstances, Dr. Cobb offers a range of treatment options including laser dentistry.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
Bleeding gums are not normal, yet many patients say that their gums bleed when they brush or floss. There is no single reason for why gums bleed. In some cases, bleeding gums may simply be caused by aggressive brushing or flossing or using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles. Daily brushing and flossing is very important, but 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.
Bleeding Gums Treatment
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be addressed by Dr. Cobb in order to avoid complex dental problems that develop when gum disease is left untreated. Never attempt to self treat bleeding gums or use over the counter medications without the advisement of a dentist. Depending on your condition, there are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums. Dr. Cobb will evaluate your oral health as well as discuss any medical conditions and lifestyle habits that can affect the health of the gums, including smoking and certain medications.
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 periodontitis, an 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. You may benefit from laser dentistry which can precisely target damaged tissue without affecting healthy surrounding tissue.
Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is estimated that 75% of Americans are affected by gum disease. Routine visits to the dentist are extremely important to prevent gum disease and maintain healthy, long lasting teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have sore gums or bleeding gums, request an appointment online with Washington D.C. dentist Dr. Andrew Cobb for a periodontal screening.