Bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and bleeding gums are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Our dentists treat bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Many people believe bleeding gums is a sign of good brushing. But, it’s not normal for gums to bleed and when you brush or floss.
Bleeding gums is often caused by a build up of plaque along the gum line. Over time, plaque pushes down into the pockets of the gum and hardens into tartar. When you brush or floss, it can irritate the sensitive gum tissue and can cause bleeding or soreness.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be coordinated by a dentist. You should not attempt to use over-the-counter medications without the approval of a dentist. Our dentists can diagnose and treat your bleeding gums.
If your bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, the dentist will perform an extensive cleaning. If you are suffering from gum disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planning procedure to remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. If your condition is advanced to periodontitis, we may refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Schedule a Periodontal Consultation
If you have bleeding gums or sore gums, schedule a consultation with our Frederick dentist for a periodontal screening to check for signs of gum disease.