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
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
Using a special dental tooth, your dentist will gently remove the infection from beneath the gums. Next, they will smooth out the tooth roots to help the gums reattach to your teeth.
Bone and Gum Grafting
If gum disease has lead to bone loss or receding gums, we can help restore them. A bone graft will help build back up the the bone density in your jaw. Gum grafting will help restore the gum tissue. For severe cases of gum disease, we offer surgical gum procedures.
How can I prevent bleeding gums?
To prevent bleeding gums and gum disease, you must take good care of your teeth and gums. Daily brushing and flossing as well as dentist appointments every six months are key to proper oral hygiene. During your routine visits to the dentist, we will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove hidden plaque and tartar. Daily at home care will remove the plaque that is constantly developing in your mouth. Also, living a healthy lifestyle will also help. We recommend a eating a healthy diet and refrain from using any form of tobacco. Tobacco products will damage your gums and increase your chances of developing gum disease.
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.