Have you noticed bleeding gums when you floss or brush your teeth? Are you concerned about sore gums?
Bleeding gums is one of the most common signs of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums bleeding are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Columbia, SC dentist, Tom Trinkner, DDS treats bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums may be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Plaque is constantly forming on the surface of teeth and gums. If plaque is not effectively removed through regular brushing and dental cleanings, it can harden into tartar. This will contribute to increased bleeding and can ultimately lead to an advanced form of gum disease called periodontitis.
It may also be that bleeding gums are caused by aggressive flossing, tooth brushing, or using a toothbrush with too firm of bristles. Pregnant women often experience bleeding gums as a result of hormonal changes in the body.
If you have bleeding gums, it is important that you contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for a periodontal screening.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums cause by a bacterial infection. Gum disease affects the gum tissue as well as supporting bone. Gum disease may affect one tooth or many teeth.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be handled by a dentist. Do not attempt to treat bleeding gums at home or use over the counter medications without first visiting the dentist. Depending on your condition, there are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums.
Non Surgical Treatment
We strive to take the most conservative approach to treating bleeding gums and gum disease. Even for advanced cases, we will begin with non-surgical periodontal therapy to improve the overall tissue quality prior to surgery and limit the areas requiring surgery.
An intensive cleaning called scaling is the first line of treatment for periodontal disease. This procedure removes plaque and tartar from beneath the gum line. The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth root surfaces, allowing gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. The dentist may also recommend antibacterial rinses and other aids to reduce inflammation and cure gingivitis.
In some cases, surgical treatment may be necessary to cure gum disease. Periodontal surgery may include gum grafting, crown exposure, or dental implants.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have sore gums or bleeding gums, contact Columbia, SC dentist Tom Trinkner, DDS for a periodontal screening.
Call us at 803.400.8729 or schedule an appointment online.