Bleeding gums is generally one of the first signs of gum disease. If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pamela Cain. We can treat bleeding gums, gingivitis, and gum disease with periodontal therapy.
Causes Of Bleeding Gums
Some people mistakenly think that bleeding gums are a sign of proper brushing. However, it is not normal for gums to bleed when you brush or floss and this can actually be a sign of more serious problems. The gums bleed because of tartar (the hardened form of plaque) build up along the gum line. As you brush or floss your teeth, the tartar gets pushed into the gum pockets, irritating the sensitive tissue and causing bleeding or soreness.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums will vary based on the individual and their specific condition. Dr. Cain will make a careful review of the patient’s medical and dental history as well as perform a physical examination and series of diagnostic tests. Based on her findings, she will make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment strategy. Depending on the complexity of the problem, one or several treatments may be attempted before an effective approach is found.
The first step is often a deep teeth cleaning. During this procedure, Dr. Cain will remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. Anti-bacterial rinses and other aids may be prescribed for at home treatment. Patients who experience bleeding gums may benefit from visiting the dentist for more frequent cleanings until their issue resolves.
Other treatments may include laser dentistry, scaling and root planing or surgical procedures. In severe cases, Dr. Cain may work with a periodontist to coordinate specialized treatment and bring the gums and mouth back to proper health.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Cain serves as a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist to patients in the Knoxville, TN area. Call our dental care team to schedule your visit to our Knoxville dentist office, or you can request an appointment online.