Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? Do your gums often feel sore or inflamed?
Bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and bleeding gums are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Bay City, MI dentist Dr. Mahnke 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 are often caused by a buildup 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, tenderness, 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.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gum disease is usually a result of poor oral hygiene. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. The goal is to minimize your risk of developing gum disease and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
To minimize your risk of developing gum disease, follow a healthy oral hygiene routine and schedule biannual dental checkups. Patients should brush, floss, and rinse on a daily basis to keep their teeth clean and lower their risk of developing plaque buildup. Biannual dental checkups allow your dentist to check for early warning signs of gum disease as well as perform a dental cleaning on your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar buildup that may contribute to the development on gum disease.
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. Mahnke offers a wide range of conservative, effective solutions to treat patients with bleeding gums. After an extensive comprehensive exam, Dr. Mahnke will determine which dental treatment is right for you.
If your bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, he will perform an extensive cleaning. If you are suffering from gum disease, Dr. Mahnke will perform scaling and root planing procedures and in extreme cases, surgery.
If you have bleeding gums or sore gums, schedule a consultation with Bay City dentist Dr. Mahnke for a periodontal screening to check for signs of gum disease. Call 989-272-2478 or request an appointment online.