Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? You may be developing gingivitis, which is the first stage of periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis is a fairly common disease, affecting 3 million Americans each year. However, in the late stages, it can lead to tooth loss and gum recession. Learn ways to treat bleeding gums in Charlotte, NC and seek treatment at Dentistry of The Queen City.
You should never ignore bleeding gums. They can increase your risk of multiple conditions such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
Treating Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease
There are surgical and non-surgical periodontal disease treatments to help lessen the symptoms of periodontitis. Non-surgical treatment can include antibiotics, scaling, and root planing. Topical or oral antibiotics can help eliminate bacteria that is causing infection.
Scaling using a laser or ultrasonic device also removes bacteria and tartar from the mouth. Root planing helps to remove bacteria causing inflammation by smoothing tooth roots.
Surgical treatments for periodontitis include pocket reduction or flap surgery, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration. Flap surgery exposes roots for more effective scaling and planing by lifting back gum tissue. Bone grafting helps regenerate lost bone in the jaw. This procedure holds the affected tooth in place and can promote regrowth. To learn about our periodontal treatments for gum disease, visit Periodontal therapy.
Signs of Gum Disease
Knowing the signs of gum disease can save your oral health. While bleeding gums is the most obvious sign, there are many others.
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums while brushing and flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Mouth sores or pus pockets between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Bite misalignment
- Wiggly teeth
Advanced and chronic gum disease can also increase a patient’s risk for heart problems including strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Dentistry of the Queen City in Charlotte, NC today to schedule a dental exam and gum evaluation! Dr. Greg Reece will work with you to find an effective treatment option for you and your specific dental concerns.
Routine dental care can greatly reduce your risk for periodontal disease, enabling our dental care team to monitor the condition of your gums and provide appropriate care in the early stages of infection.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
There are several things you can do to prevent gum disease. These habits will ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. The most important thing you must do is practice good oral hygiene at home. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Use fluoride-based toothpaste with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Mouthwash is a great addition to your routine that will help kill the bad bacteria in your mouth.
Additionally, you must visit a dentist regularly. Most dentists agree that you should schedule a dentist appointment every six months. At these visits, we look for signs of gum disease and suggest immediate treatment. Without treatment, it will progress and get worse eventually leading to receding gums and tooth loss. We will also clean your teeth. Plaque and tartar can hide in many places in your mouth. Only a trained dental professional can remove it with special tools.
Gum Disease FAQs
If I have bleeding gums, does that mean I have gum disease?
No. Bleeding gums can be a symptom of a couple of dental issues. For example, your gums can bleed because you brush too hard. Your gums can also bleed as a side-effect of certain medications. Consult with your dentist before assuming your diagnosis.
Do bleeding gums go away on their own?
Bleeding gums have the potential to heal on their own if the root cause of the issue is not gum disease or a similar cause. First, try brushing more gently and use mouthwash to see if your oral health routine is the cause. If not, schedule a dental exam with your dentist for a diagnosis.
Is bleeding gums treatment painful and invasive?
No. Most treatments for patients that have bleeding gums, but no other symptoms, include an oral rinse and scaling and root planing treatment. This does not involve extensive oral surgery.
How does salt water rinse heal gum infection?
Salt water rinse soothes gums and pulls infection out. The best way to make a saltwater rinse is with warm water and a half a teaspoon of salt. The salt draws infection out of the gums, while the warmth of the water soothes gums and reduces inflammation.
What Vitamin Are you lacking when your gums bleed?
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, it could be due to a vitamin deficiency. Your doctor can determine if you have low levels of vitamin C and K and prescribe the appropriate treatment. If they are low, it may be beneficial to take supplements to increase the levels in your body. In turn, this will help improve your gum health.
How can I rebuild my gums naturally?
You can strengthen and rebuild damaged gums at home with rinses and treatment. The best rinse to use is a saltwater rinse. This type of rinse soothes inflammation and draws infection out of the gums. You can also use the Oil Pulling method to break down plaque and bacteria around the gums. Additionally, aloe vera and green tea are also both very good for boosting gum health.
Should you brush your gums?
Yes, brushing your gums removes plaque and bacteria and strengthens your gum health! It is important to brush gums regularly in order to keep them healthy. Aggressive over brushing can cause teeth and gums to be sensitive, so be sure that you are gentle with your gums.
Schedule A Periodontal Exam Today
Prevent gum disease at the source. Call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704-486-8911 for a consultation with Dr. Reece. He will guide you through the treatment process, whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis.