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. Bleeding gums is usually the first signs. Routine visits to the dentist can help you prevent and manage gum disease in any stage. Dr. Moses offers comprehensive periodontal care and screens patients for gum disease on every visit.
Treatment of Bleeding Gums
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you should let Dr. Moses 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 regular 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, the dentist may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. During this treatment we will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Periodontal Therapy: This may 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 Virginia Beach dental office or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
How To Prevent Bleeding Gums
Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause bleeding gums even when gum disease is not an issue. Always use a soft tooth bush 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.