Bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and gum 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 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.
Other causes of bleeding gums can include:
- Brushing aggressively: If you are using a hard toothbrush, try switching to a soft toothbrush. Sometimes patients are not aware that they are pushing too hard on their toothbrush. This can easily cause gum irritation and bleeding. You are effectively scratching your gums and leaving microscopic cuts that can let bacteria into your bloodstream. In this case, your gums bleed to clog the cuts and prevent infection.
- Symptom of certain medications: Talk to your primary healthcare provider and discuss if there are any medications you are taking that can cause this issue. If so, consider switching to a different medication.
- Vitamin deficiencies: Are you eating a balanced, healthy diet? Put more consideration into the foods you eat to maintain strong and healthy oral health. Brush your teeth at least twice each day and don’t forget to use mouthwash.
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 with periodontal therapy. This may include a thorough teeth and gums cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.
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 planing procedures and in extreme cases, periodontal surgery. We do our best to start with the most conservative, less-invasive treatments before recommending oral 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.