Bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums bleeding are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Chester Springs dentist, Dr. Jason Petkevis treats bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.
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 for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be coordinated by a dentist. Do not attempt to use over-the-counter medications without the advisement of a dentist. Dr. Petkevis can diagnose and treat your bleeding gums.
If your bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, he will perform an extensive cleaning. If you are suffering from gum disease, Dr. Petkevis will perform scaling and root planning procedures and in extreme cases, surgery.
Dr. Petkevis is among a small number of dentists in the Philadelphia area using advanced dental lasers to treat bleeding gums and gum disease. Laser dentistry helps to reduce the risk of infection, minimize pain, inhibit blood loss and speed recovery time for patients.
The Cure for Bleeding Gums
If you have bleeding gums or sore gums, schedule a consultation with Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis for a periodontal screening to check for signs of gum disease. Call 610–400–1459 or schedule an appointment online today.