According to the American Dental Association, more than 7 out of 10 adults suffer from some form of gum disease. An early indication of gum disease is bleeding gums. When intercepted early by the dentist, gum disease can be easily managed with little risk of further infection.
New Orleans dentists, Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Hemphill are highly experienced with preventive care and managed treatment of bleeding gums, gingivitis and gum disease.
Treatment of Bleeding Gums
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you should let your dentist know on your next visit. There are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums depending on your condition:
- Routine Dental Cleaning: The best way for you to prevent gum disease and bleeding gums is with routine visits to the dentist. Our dental cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist who will gently remove plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums.
- Scaling & Root Planing: If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Burmaster and Dr. Hemphill may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. The dentist will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal therapy can include any of the treatments above as well as gum surgery for patients suffering from periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease. We may perform periodontal therapy and gum surgery in our New Orleans dental office or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
How To Avoid Bleeding Gums
Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause bleeding gums even when gum disease is not an issue. Always use a soft tooth bush and brush using a gentle, circular motion. Brushing back and forth can damage gums and make them more likely to bleed and/or recede.
When flossing, carefully slide the floss between teeth and gently follow the curve of each tooth. Forcing the floss up and down can cut gums, causing them to bleed.