The American Dental Association estimates that as many as 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease.
Bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease. When treated early, gum disease is easy to treat and even reversible. Left untreated, gum disease can set off a domino effect of subsequent oral health concerns. If you notice that your gums bleed on a regular basis be sure to notify Dr. Hoffert at your next routine dental health exam.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
You should always seek professional treatment for bleeding gums from a dentist like Dr. Hoffert. Depending on your condition, there are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums:
- Routine Dental Cleaning – Prevention is the best way to fight gum disease. You can maintain healthy gums and ward off gum disease with regular visits to the dentist for professional teeth cleaning and examination. Our dental cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist who will gently and skillfully remove plaque and tartar from between the teeth and around the gum line.
- Antibacterial Mouth Rinse – In some cases, Dr. Hoffert may recommend an antibacterial mouth rinse to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and control infection.
- Scaling and Root Planing – This is a technique that Dr. Hoffert uses to remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets in the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Periodontal Therapy – Periodontal therapy may include scaling and root planing as well as other procedures to remove infected tissue and bring the gums back to health.
How to Avoid Bleeding Gums When You Brush or Floss
If you are too aggressive in your brushing and flossing routine, you can cause bleeding gums. It is important to use a soft tooth brush and brush the teeth using a gentle, circular motion to massage the teeth and gums. Using a back-and-forth motion can irritate gums making them sore and more likely to bleed and/or recede.
You should also be gentle when you floss to avoid bleeding gums. Do not force the floss between your teeth. Instead, carefully slide the floss up and down, following the curve of each tooth.
Healthy Gums, Healthy Mouth
If you have bleeding gums, contact Red Maple Dental in Asheville NC, for a consultation and periodontal screening.
Call us at (828) 348-8858 or schedule an appointment online.