Do your gums bleed when you brush? Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, can cause red and bleeding gums. Gingivitis can cause pain, irritation, and discomfort in the gums. Over time, gingivitis can become periodontitis or gum disease. Knowing the signs that accompany bleeding gums and knowing how to treat bleeding gums can prevent worsening dental problems in the future.
Symptoms That Accompany Bleeding Gums
You can also experience these symptoms if you have bleeding gums:
- Gum pain and irritation
- Sensitive gums
- Red or purple gum tissue
- A sticky film (plaque) or hardened deposits (tartar) on the teeth or gums
Please contact our office if you often experience bleeding gums and other accompanying symptoms. You can develop gum disease over time, which is non-reversible. We can reverse gum inflammation, but we cannot fully reverse the effects of gum disease.
How to Treat Bleeding Gums
There are multiple things you can do to reverse bleeding gums and other symptoms of gum inflammation and gum disease:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Many patients may not floss because they don’t realize how important it is to their oral health. If patients only brush their teeth, they are not fully cleaning their smiles. Flossing before brushing removes food debris and bacterial buildup. Brushing after flossing creates a better clean. A good oral hygiene routine can keep bacteria at bay and stop bleeding gums for good.
Receive Routine Antibacterial Care
At routine dental appointments, our hygienists provide professional dental cleanings that are much more thorough than your two-minute flossing and brushing. Our dental hygienists use stainless steel dental tools to find and remove plaque, a sticky bacterial film, and tartar, hardened plaque. An antibacterial rinse can also minimize the recurrence of bacterial buildup following a cleaning.
Receive Professional Deep Cleanings
We will recommend scaling and root planing treatment to help patients who already notice signs of gum disease. These treatments are used together to remove plaque and tartar from the gums and the tooth roots. During scaling treatment, we remove plaque and tartar at and beneath the gum line. Root planing goes beneath the gums to the tooth roots, smoothing down the roots and removing plaque and tartar.
Sometimes, we will recommend scaling and root planing for patients who have recurring gum disease symptoms. We will recommend deep cleaning treatments on a schedule that works for each patient.
Do you have gum pain, sensitivity, and discomfort in addition to bleeding gums? Call Gayed Dental for treatment today at (773) 839-7783. You can also schedule a dental appointment with us online. We will be happy to help you find the right treatment for your symptoms.