Do your gums bleed after every brush? Are your gums sensitive and cause pain while eating food?
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 provide treatments for bleeding gums, gingivitis, and gum disease with periodontal therapy in Knoxville, TN. Prevent receding gums, infections, and tooth loss by addressing this issue early on. Patients who experience bleeding gums, but don’t have the signs of gingivitis or gum disease, may benefit from visiting the dentist more frequently for cleanings until their issue resolves.
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. This can actually be a sign of more serious problems such as gingivitis, or periodontal disease. The main reason gums bleed is because of tartar build up along the gum line. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque. As you brush or floss your teeth, the tartar gets pushed into the gum pockets, irritating the sensitive tissue, and causing bleeding or soreness.
Another reason your gums are bleeding can be due to hard brushing. This can easily be resolved by switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush more gently. Some patients also say that certain medications cause their gums to bleed. Talk to your primary healthcare provider to discuss your medications and symptoms.
FAQs About Protecting Gums from Periodontal Problems
What are signs my gums may be in trouble?
You should be aware of any changes to your gums. For example, should they appear more red than usual, feel sore, or possibly bleed when you brush and floss. These are often indicators of gingivitis or possibly the very early stages of gum disease.
How does gingivitis and gum disease develop?
First, the gums become inflamed, which is known as gingivitis. At this stage, the issue can be reversed. Inflammation can occur as a result of plaque buildup, certain medications, hormonal fluctuations, or chronic illness. Without treatment, gingivitis can cause the gums to eventually pull away from the teeth, exposing periodontal pockets. Once bacteria enter the pockets gum disease forms. Periodontal disease is incurable, but we can help manage the disease to protect your from tooth loss and other serious complications.
Will brushing and flossing help?
Yes. When you brush and floss you reduce the severity of plaque buildup. Having your teeth cleaned every six months at the dentist can help protect your smile from gingivitis or periodontal disease. A cleaning is the only way to completely remove plaque buildup from the teeth.
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. Other treatments may include:
- Laser dentistry: We can use dental lasers to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of treatments. Laser dentistry is quick and painless.
- Scaling and Root Planing: A type of through dental cleaning, scaling and root planning is a way for the dentist to get into the hard-to-reach areas of your gums. Dr. Cain will remove bacteria that causes gum irritation and bleeding.
- Oral Surgery: In severe cases, Dr. Cain may work with a periodontist to coordinate specialized treatment to bring your gums and mouth back to proper health.
Schedule A Consultation
Dr. Cain serves as a general dentist in Knoxville TN. We also provide cosmetic and restorative dental services to patients in the Knox County, TN area. Call our dental care team to schedule your visit to our Knoxville dentist office, or you can request an appointment online.