Gum disease is a serious condition that affects nearly 3 out of every 4 American adults. Gum disease can lead to a range of health problems from missing teeth to heart disease and diabetes. Routine visits the the dentist is the best way to combat gum disease and prevent serious problems from occurring.
There are two main stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis is the milder form of gum disease and easily reversible by regular flossing and routine professional teeth cleaning.
- Periodontitis is a more serious, destructive form of gum disease diagnosed by the recession of gums and supporting bone away from the teeth.
Bleeding Gums Are A Sign Of Gum Disease
The most common sign of gum disease is bleeding gums. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums bleeding may all be present in patients who have gingivitis.
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
There are a number of reasons why gums bleed. In some cases, brushing teeth too hard, using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles or aggressive flossing is to blame. While it is important to brush and floss daily, you should be careful not to abrade or cut the gum tissue and cause bleeding.
Gingivitis causes bleeding gums as the gum tissue becomes inflamed due to plaque and tartar build up. Most people notice gums bleeding when they brush or floss their teeth and usually experience sore gums.
Bleeding gums during pregnancy is very common 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 the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
Bleeding Gums Treatment
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be handled by a dentist. Never attempt to self-treat bleeding gums or use over the counter medications without the advisement of a dental professional.
For gingivitis treatment, plaque is removed from exposed parts of the teeth and gums. Antibacterial rinses and other aids may be recommended to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis.
For periodontitis treatment, the dentist may recommend scaling and root planning, a procedure that clean the deep pockets of the gums to remove bacteria and debris. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, so seeking treatment for bleeding gums is extremely important. Learn more about Gum Disease Treatment
Schedule A Consultation
If you have sore gums or bleeding gums, contact our Baltimore dentist office for a periodontal screening and consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Owings Mills, Maryland just outside of Baltimore.
Call us at 443-252-2982 or request a consultation online.