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Bleeding Gums Annapolis, MD

Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates provide effective treatments for bleeding gums in Annapolis MD. There is a wide spectrum of periodontal disease, ranging from gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) to periodontitis (disease of the gum, bone and other support structures of the tooth). Bleeding gums is one of the most common signs of developing gum disease.

Getting treatment for gingivitis early is important to avoid serious problems associated with periodontitis. Tooth decay and tooth loss are two of the symptoms associated with advanced periodontitis.

Gum disease is progressive and often considered a “silent disease”. This is because so many patients do not realize they have a problem until they come in for dental care or begin experiencing the complex symptoms associated with advanced disease. Symptoms may include loose teeth, receding gums, and changes in the fit of your bite.

Recognizing the stages and common signs of gum disease can help you get early treatment and avoid permanent damage to your gums and teeth.

  • Gingivitis: early-stage gum disease is often characterized by gums that bleed, increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperature, and red swollen gums. Treating gingivitis can halt the progression of gum disease and restore gum health without the need for invasive treatment.
  • Periodontitis: advanced gum disease leads to the development of pockets along the gum line where diseased tissue is pulling away from the tooth structure. This eventually leads to shifting teeth, loose teeth and changes in the fit or function of the bite.

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Common reasons for bleeding gums:

  • Aggressive brushing and/or flossing
  • Certain medications such as blood thinners
  • Pregnancy gingivitis
  • Gum disease

Treatment for Bleeding Gums

Gingivitis is reversible and preventable. Your dentist can recommend changes to your daily oral care routine. We can help cut down on the amount of plaque accumulating along your gum line.

Prescription mouthwashes can also reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Some patients who have persistent gingivitis may need to visit the dentist every three to four months for professional cleanings that can further reduce plaque and bacteria in your mouth.

  • Scaling and root planing: A thorough cleaning of all surfaces. Scaling and root planing can treat gingivitis and early stages of periodontitis to remove built-up plaque and tartar from between your teeth and gums. This procedure will allow your gum tissues to heal more quickly.
  • Laser dentistry: soft tissue lasers can be used to remove damaged tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing process. You can expect minimal discomfort and side effects. Laser dentistry is painless and quicker than traditional methods.
  • Oral surgery: for treating the effects of advanced periodontitis, oral surgery may be needed. We will remove damaged tissue, and possibly replace it with new tissue to stabilize teeth that are loose. Oral surgery is usually reserved as a last-resort. We will first recommend minimally-invasive treatments before oral surgery.

Bleeding Gums FAQs

What is the primary cause of gum bleeding?

Plaque accumulation at the gum line is the primary culprit in cases of gum bleeding. Gingivitis may develop as a result of this. Tartar forms when you do not address plaque buildup, or the hygienist does not properly remove it.

Can stress cause gum bleeding?

You’re more prone to experience bleeding gums as a result of stress because stress increases the amount of inflammation throughout the body. Stress also weakens the immune system making it more difficult to fight off bacteria and infection.

How can I stop my gums from bleeding?

Antibacterial mouthwashes are effective for treating and preventing bleeding gums. When applied to inflamed, red, and bleeding gums, mouthwash can eliminate bacteria and reduce swelling.

What happens if you don’t treat bleeding gums?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, is a chronic gum disorder that harms the bone and tissue supporting your teeth if gingivitis is not treated. Its first symptom is typically bleeding gums. Your gums may also swell, infect, and peel away from the roots of your teeth if you have periodontitis.

Can gums grow back?

Although your gums won’t regenerate on their own, surgical intervention can be used to replace the lost tissue and improve your oral health as well as your appearance. Gum grafting is the process of attaching soft tissue from one area of the mouth to your gums.

How can you prevent gum disease?

The greatest way to prevent periodontitis is to practice good oral hygiene on a regular basis, starting when you are young. In order to do this, you must brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice daily—in the morning and before bed—and floss at least once per day.

What color is healthy gums?

Gums that are in good health should be pinkish in color and firm. This is a sign that your oral hygiene regimen is successful. However, if your gums are anything other than pink in color and firm, it’s time to see a dental professional.

When are bleeding gums serious?

If gum bleeding does not stop after 7 to 10 days, visit your dentist. To get rid of plaque and tartar and encourage gum healing, you might need a deep dental cleaning. Additionally, your doctor might request lab tests to look for vitamin deficits that might contribute to gum bleeding.

Request a Bleeding Gums Consultation

Schedule a worry-free consultation with Lee, Bonfiglio, Vesely & Associates. After a periodontal screening and evaluation, we will recommend the best gum disease treatment option for your situation. Call (410) 989-8298 or request an appointment online today.


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