If your gums bleed after brushing or flossing, you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is a predecessor of periodontitis, or gum disease. Tobacco use, genetics, poor oral hygiene, certain medications are risk factors for developing gum inflammation. As inflammation progresses, deep pockets can form in the gums and cause gum recession.
Prosthodontists Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier help treat patients with bleeding gums in Towson, MD. Gingivitis is a common dental problem that can be reversed easily. Please contact Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier at the first sign of bleeding and irritated gums.
Signs of Gum Disease
Apart from bleeding gums, there are several symptoms of periodontitis to be aware of:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Gum recession
- Tooth sensitivity
- A change in the bite
- Loose teeth
In more serious cases of gum disease, the gums can detach from teeth and cause tooth loss. It is important to get gum disease treatment earlier than later, as periodontitis can progress quickly.
Gum Disease: Treatment and Prevention
Gum disease may be prevented with regular dental appointments and a diligent oral hygiene routine. Scheduling regular oral health and wellness visits at least once every six months can help prevent gum disease from progressing. Our dental hygienists provide dental cleanings that scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup. Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier can also examine your smile to see if there are any developing problems.
If you have already noticed symptoms of gum disease, we may recommend scaling and root planing, grafting, or surgery to remove infection and improve your tooth and gum health. Scaling and root planing removes the infection from beneath the gums and helps the gum reattach to teeth. Bone and gum grafting help restore tissue to receding gums and restores the jaw. For severe cases of gum disease, we offer surgical gum procedures.
Request a Consultation Today
Treat bleeding gums and other common symptoms of gum disease in Towson, MD. Call Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier at 410.324.2294 for comprehensive care. You can also schedule an appointment with our dentists on our website.