Bleeding gums are a sign that something is amiss and are generally the result of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and may also manifest with red, swollen gums, and bad breath. Fortunately, gingivitis can be reversed with proper care. Dr. Loren Frumker in Willoughby, OH treats all stages of periodontal disease, from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
When you neglect to brush and floss properly, plaque builds up on your teeth and irritates the gum tissues. Your gum tissues becomes red and swollen, bleeding with the slightest provocation. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis. Those with periodontitis often exhibit worsening and additional symptoms:
• Bad breath
• Inflamed and bleeding gums
• Gum recession
• Loose and shifting teeth
• Bone loss
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see Dr. Frumker to rule out periodontal disease as a factor. Other causes of bleeding gums include the use of tobacco products and a fluctuation in hormones. This symptom can also occur due to medical treatments, like chemotherapy, or can be a side effect of certain medications.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
When bleeding gums are the result of gingivitis, Dr. Frumker may recommend a simple deep cleaning or locally administered antibiotics with diligent home care to combat the infection. However, more severe cases of periodontal disease may require scaling and root planing or laser dental surgery.
Preventing Bleeding Gums
To prevent bleeding gums, be sure to follow a good oral hygiene routine, brushing your teeth at least twice per day and flossing daily. If you are unfamiliar with the proper techniques, ask Dr. Frumker at your next periodontal appointment, which is another key to maintaining your oral health. Regular examinations and cleanings provide the professional maintenance that your teeth require and allow Dr. Frumker to assess any potential problem areas before they can cause damage.
Bleeding gums are never normal. If you are experiencing this or any other symptom of gingivitis, call Dr. Frumker in Willoughby, OH today to schedule your consultation.