According to the American Dental Association, more than 7 out of 10 adults suffer from some form of gum disease. An early indication of gum disease is bleeding gums. When intercepted early by the dentist, gum disease can be easily managed with little risk of further infection.
Charlotte, NC dentist Dr. Richard Van Gurp is highly experienced with preventive care and managed treatment of bleeding gums, gingivitis and gum disease. We take gum disease very seriously as it is linked to a number of serious health conditions including heart disease. In one study, 91% of the participants with coronary artery disease also had periodontal (gum) disease.
At Van Gurp Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, we are at the forefront of the new standard in dental care. This new standard includes alerting our patients to potential undisclosed health risks that they may be facing. Our Medical-Periodontal Risk Assessment Program ensures that your mouth and heart will both receive the appropriate attention they deserve.
Treatment of Bleeding Gums
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you should let your dentist 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 routine 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, Dr. Van Gurp may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. The dentist will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Laser Dentistry: In some cases, a dental laser may be used to remove infected tissue and eliminate infection. Laser Dentistry is a safe and comfortable treatment that minimizes bleeding and swelling, resulting in faster healing times.
- Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal therapy can 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 Charlotte dental office or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
How To Avoid Bleeding Gums
Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause bleeding gums even when gum disease is not an issue. Always use a soft tooth brush 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.