The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than half of Americans, aged 30 or older, have some form of gum disease. One of the most obvious signs of periodontal disease is bleeding gums. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums that bleed are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Dr. Melissa Elliott offers dental treatments near Bel Air, MD who suffer from bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis.
Bleeding Gums Causes
Bleeding gums are caused by plaque buildup that is not properly removed. Plaque buildup causes your gums to separate and recede from your teeth. Plaque contains germs that irritate your gums causing them to become inflamed and receded. At this point, when you brush or floss your teeth, your gums will bleed.
This early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This buildup will also cause cavities and even bone loss. Plaque will eventually turn in to tartar that will cause the gum disease to further progress.
Bleeding gums can also be caused for other reasons such as pregnancy, aggressive flossing and brushing, dentures that do not fit correctly and certain medications. Bleeding gums occur 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 Bel Air, MD dentist, Dr. Elliott, during pregnancy to monitor gum health. It is important to use a soft bristle tooth brush and keep a consistent routine of flossing to avoid bleeding gums.
Treatment of Bleeding Gums
Dr. Elliott offers treatment for your bleeding gums at her Bel Air, MD dentist office. There are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums depending on your condition:
Anti-Bacterial Rinse – If caught early, gingivitis and bleeding gums can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning. Dr. Elliott will recommend improved at home oral hygiene and using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse to help keep your oral bacteria balanced.
Scaling & Root Planning – If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Elliott may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planning. During this treatment we will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
Oral surgery – In advanced cases of gum disease, or periodontitis, Dr. Elliott may coordinate treatment with a local specialist to ensure the best result and restore healthy gums.
How to Avoid Bleeding Gums
The daily removal of plaque is the most important thing you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We recommend that your brush and floss your teeth daily to remove the disease causing bacteria from your mouth. Also, you should visit our dentist office at least every six months where Dr. Elliott will examine your gums and plaque that is located in hard to reach places in removed. These steps will help you avoid bleeding gums.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you are searching for a dentist that treats bleeding gums near Fallston, MD and Bel Air, MD area, contact Harford County Dentistry. Call 410-994-2627 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliott or request an appointment online.