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. Creekside Dentistry in Amherst, NY, treats bleeding gums, gum disease, and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments. Bleeding gums are a common dental concern that can affect the overall health and appearance of the smile.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Many people believe bleeding gums is a sign of good brushing. However, it is not normal for gums to bleed when you brush. Bleeding gums are 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 in the body. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, but be extra cautious around sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding. In addition, it is important to maintain routine visits to the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
A dentist should always coordinate treatment for bleeding gums. 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, he will perform extensive cleaning. Scaling and root planing are used in tandem to remove plaque and tartar from the gums. While scaling addresses the gums, root planing smooths the tooth roots. If you are suffering from gum disease, the dentist will perform scaling and root planing procedures and, in extreme cases, surgery.
The Cure for Bleeding Gums
If you have bleeding gums or sore gums, schedule a consultation with Amherst dentists at Creekside Dentistry for a periodontal screening to check for signs of gum disease. You may also call (716) 262-8070 or request an appointment online. Do you have any questions or concerns about your gum health? Please let us know at your next dental visit.