Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over half of American adults have advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. Bleeding gums are an early warning sign of gum disease, often signaling that gingivitis is present. Sore, bleeding and inflamed gums should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid the advancement of gum disease.
Routine preventive care is important for the prevention and/or management of gum disease, allowing Dr. Radosavljevic and her experienced staff to spot problems in the early stages when conservative treatment is most effective- and less costly.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Many people believe bleeding gums is a sign of good brushing. However, it is not normal for gums to bleed and when you brush. Bleeding gums is often caused by a build up of plaque along the gum line. Plaque can push down into the pockets of the gum and harden into tartar. As you brush or floss your teeth, this irritates the sensitive gum tissue and can cause bleeding or soreness.
Bleeding gums are also common during pregnancy 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.
Treatment of Bleeding Gums
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you should let Dr. Radosavljevic know during your next visit. There are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums depending on your condition:
- Routine Dental Cleaning: The best way for you to prevent gum disease and bleeding gums is with routine preventive care. Our dental cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist who will gently remove plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums.
- Scaling & Root Planing: If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Radosavljevic may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This procedure will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal Therapy can include any of the treatments above as well as gum surgery for patients suffering from periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease. When necessary, Dr. Radosavljevic will refer patients to a local specialist for treatment of advanced gum disease.