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 And Gum Disease
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 brush 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.
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Bleeding Gums FAQs
When should I worry about bleeding gums?
It’s natural to accidentally make your gums bleed every once in a while. Maybe your toothbrush or floss slips and causes an issue. But it shouldn’t be happening every time you brush your teeth. If it’s a regular thing that’s occuring multiple times a week, you need to make a dentist appointment. This is one of the early signs of gum disease.
Can you cure bleeding gums?
Yes, you can cure bleeding gums. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is the only stage that you can reverse. You may be able to treat it solely with better brushing and flossing. Your dentist may also recommend an antibacterial mouthwash that helps to kill the bacteria that cause the disease.
Can supplements help my gum health?
Yes, Vitamin C has been shown to help improve gum health. Lower Vitamin C levels occur in people that are likely to bleed from gum probing. It helps the lining of your gums stay strong and healthy.
Can bleeding gums impact the rest of your body?
Yes, gum disease has implications for your entire body. The bacteria that cause gum disease and inflammation can get into your bloodstream via bleeding gums. This carries the bacteria and inflammation throughout your body, causing problems in other areas. Heart attacks, strokes, and other vascular problems are more likely to occur in people that have bleeding gums.
Does gum damage grow back?
No, once periodontal disease damages your gums, these diseased parts can’t grow back. There are other treatment options to help you if you have receding or damaged gums.
How can I help keep my gums healthy?
The most important thing is diligent oral hygiene. Brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. If you’re particularly worried about your gums, look for oral health products that are designed to help your gum health.
Schedule A Consultation
If you notice your gums bleeding on a daily basis, be sure to contact your Barataria dentist as soon as possible. Early intervention could prevent further damage to your oral health.
Our dentist office provides dental care to children and adult patients in the Marrero, LA area. We welcome new patients from all over the greater New Orleans, LA area to experience our comprehensive and compassionate dentistry. If you are experiencing a specific dental concern, or are looking for a new family dentist, contact our dentist office today at 504.358.8632 or request a consultation using our convenient online form.