Bleeding gums are one of the most common indicators of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and bleeding gums are often presented in patients with gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Jessie Kunnel, DDS in Skokie, IL treats bleeding gums, gum disease and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Many people believe bleeding gums is a sign of good brushing. However, it is not normal for gums to bleed and when you brush. Bleeding gums is often caused by a build up of plaque along the gum line. Plaque can push down into the pockets of the gum and harden into tartar. As you brush or floss your teeth, this irritates the sensitive gum tissue and can cause bleeding or soreness.
Bleeding gums are also common 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 the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be coordinated by a dentist. You should not attempt to use over-the-counter medications without the approval of a dentist. Our dentists can diagnose and treat your bleeding gums.
If your bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, the dentist will perform an extensive cleaning. If you are suffering from gum disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planning procedure to remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. If your condition is advanced to periodontitis, we may refer you to a specialist for treatment.