Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?
Bleeding gums is often the sign of existing and developing gum disease, although there can be other reasons. An evaluation with Dr. Leah Butler is the key to diagnosing and treating the root cause effectively.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
When harmful bacteria in the form of plaque have begun to infect the gums, tissue breaks down. This process will cause the gums to bleed when your toothbrush or dental floss runs over them and dislodges some of the plaque that has adhered to the surface.
There are other causes of bleeding gums that can be addressed with oral hygiene or changes in lifestyle habits. These include the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, certain medical conditions and the side effects of certain medications. Sometimes a hard-bristled toothbrush and aggressive brushing can lead to irritated and bleeding gums. Dr. Butler will thoroughly examine your gums and discuss your medical history before recommending treatment or changes to your daily routine.
Why Treat Bleeding Gums?
It is important for both your dental and your overall health and well-being to maintain the health of your gums. Gum disease is progressive and can slowly erode gum tissue and impact the health and structure of your teeth. Over time, advanced gum disease can even lead to tooth loss.
The gums also serve as a natural barrier between harmful bacteria in the mouth and the bloodstream. The integrity of this barrier minimizes your risk for a range of health concerns including cardiovascular and systemic diseases. A break down of the gums which allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream can lead to internal inflammation which impacts the risk for, development and treatment of these conditions.
Dr. Butler will provide appropriate treatment options based on the results of your exam. Restoring the health and stability of your gums will support your teeth and your long term oral health and physical health.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Dr. Butler offers periodontal therapy options to address your unique needs and restore the health of your gums. Depending on the stage of disease and condition of your gums she may recommend:
- scaling and root planing: a thorough cleaning procedure that removes plaque built up along the tooth roots and gum line.
- antibacterial rinses: used as a part of your
at homeoral hygiene to address gingivitis and to maintain gum health.
- specialist care, oral surgery: if there is extensive damage to the gums or periodontitis is diagnosed, Dr. Butler may refer you to a specialist for treatment which can include surgical or laser options to restore the gums.