According to the American Dental Association, 3/4 of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. One of the earliest signs of gum disease is bleeding gums. When intercepted early by the dentist, gum disease can be easily managed with little risk of further infection.
Buford, GA dentist Dr. Alla Brown is highly experienced with preventive care and managed treatment of bleeding gums, gingivitis and gum disease.
Treatment For Bleeding Gums
If you have bleeding gums, contact our office or let us know at your next visit. There are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums depending on your condition:
- Dental Cleaning: The best way to fight gum disease and bleeding gums is prevention. Routine visits to the dentist will help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth, preventing bleeding or sore gums.
- Scaling & Root Planing: If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Brown may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. The dentist will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Periodontal Therapy: Patients with advanced stages of gum disease may be treated with more advanced procedures or gum surgery. Dr. Brown may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in gum disease, when needed.
How To Prevent Bleeding Gums
Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause bleeding gums even when gum disease is not an issue. Always use a soft toothbrush and brush using a gentle, circular motion. Brushing back and forth can damage gums and make them more likely to bleed and/or recede.
When flossing, carefully slide the floss between teeth and gently follow the curve of each tooth. Forcing the floss up and down can cut gums, causing them to bleed.