Bleeding Gums Treatment in Charlottesville, VA
If you notice that your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss your teeth, you are likely experiencing gingivitis. Gingivitis is a sign of early-stage gum disease, which is caused by a buildup of plaque or tartar surrounding your gum line. The plaque and tartar irritate your gums, causing them to become inflamed, tender, and occasionally bleed.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is the sticky substance that is constantly building up in your mouth. It is created when bacteria present in your mouth is mixed with starches and sugars from the things you consume. You must brush and floss your teeth every day to remove it.
If you do not, the acid that plaque makes will irritate your gums causing them to bleed. Failure to control plaque over time can result in major damage to your teeth, gums, and underlying bone.
A thorough dental cleaning can help reverse the effects of gingivitis before it develops into gum disease. Signs and symptoms of late-stage gum disease include bleeding gums as well as:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth.
- Pus between your gums and teeth.
- Mouth sores
- Bad breath
If your bleeding gums have already developed into gum disease by the time you visit our office, we are happy to provide periodontal disease treatment solutions. This includes scaling and root planing to remove any bacteria within the deep pockets of your gums and restore your dental health.
Scaling and Root Planing
This treatment is basically an intense deep dental cleaning. The dentist will remove bacteria from the deep in the gum line and under the gums. We use special tools to reach the pockets and scrape away the tartar that has accumulated.
After that, the dentist will smooth out the tooth roots to help the gums reattach to the teeth. The treatment is to prevent the disease from progressing as well as to avoid gum recession and tooth loss.
How to Prevent Bleeding Gums
Some patients are more genetically inclined toward developing gum disease. If this is the case for you, Dr. Harrison can help you develop a treatment plan that prevents these symptoms from occurring and ensures that your overall dental health is not at risk.
The best way to prevent bleeding gums is to schedule regular oral health and wellness visits with your local dentist. We suggest our patients come and visit us once every six months. This ensures that our hygienists can remove any plaque or tartar from your gum line before it begins to irritate your soft tissues.
Additionally, this allows Dr. Harrison to keep a close eye on your gum health. To further prevent bleeding gums, make sure that you are brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day.
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Friday: 7am – 12pm
2700 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901