Do you notice your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss?
Gum disease is a common, more serious dental concern that our office treats regularly with periodontal disease treatment. However, our goal is to help our patients avoid the progression of gum disease by stopping it in its tracks at its earliest symptoms. When you notice bleeding gums, this is a sign of gingivitis or the early stage of gum disease.
Dr. Hedlund can usually treat bleeding gums and gingivitis with a thorough and professional teeth-cleaning. We recommend a professional teeth-cleaning because often at-home oral hygiene care is not enough to remove the plaque that has hardened into tartar around your gum line. Tartar is often the cause of gum inflammation. Dr. Hedlund will remove it every dental cleaning visit.
If you’ve noticed your gums are bleeding whenever you brush or floss, schedule an appointment online today.
Bleeding Gums Treatment
Periodontal disease treatment involves a wide range of treatment options to rid your mouth of infected soft tissue. Scaling and root planning is a deep cleaning technique that we can use to rid the deep gum pockets of disease-causing bacteria. The goal is to remove infected soft tissue from your smile.
Dr. Hedlund can also recommend antibacterial rinses that will help reduce the amount of bacteria surrounding your gums. Occasionally, we may recommend oral surgery, depending on the severity of your case. Oral surgery is usually only required in severe cases of periodontitis.
The best way to reduce your chances of gum disease it to schedule regular teeth cleanings with Dr. Hedlund. We recommend visiting us at least once every six months for preventative dental care. This allows us to keep a close and professional eye on the soft tissues of your mouth and prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place.
Gum Disease: What You Need To Know
If your gingivitis progresses to gum disease, this means that the bacteria surrounding your gums have begun to infect and eat away at your soft tissue. If left untreated, it can also damage your jawbone and cause tooth loss. The following are common symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Tender or sore gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Gum swelling
What is the fastest way to heal bleeding gums?
The fastest way to heal bleeding gums is to practice a regimented oral care routine. This means brushing and flossing at least twice daily. Rinsing with warm saltwater can also be useful to soothe gum irritation that may be causing bleeding.
Will bleeding gums go away?
Bleeding gums typically resolve within 2-10 days with proper oral care, including frequent flossing and brushing. If bleeding continues past this period contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Is hydrogen peroxide good for bleeding gums?
Hydrogen peroxide is a great option to help heal bleeding gums. Hydrogen peroxide helps remove plaque from teeth and gums which will boost your oral health, preventing bleeding gums.
What to avoid when you have bleeding gums?
If you suffer from bleeding gums we recommend reducing stress levels. Stress can contribute largely to gm inflammation and bleeding. We also recommend stopping smoking and reducing your carbohydrate intake.
How can I make my gums stronger?
The best way to keep your gums healthy and strong is to brush and floss daily. Patients should also use mouthwash and schedule regular dental cleanings and visits.
What vitamins help gum health?
Many vitamins help support gum health. The top five that have shown to be most successful are Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin D, Phosphorus, and Vitamin A. You can find these in foods, or as an oral supplement.