Bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. Gum pain, sore gums, and bleeding gums are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, Texas treats bleeding gums, gum disease, and gingivitis through a wide range of general dentistry treatments.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Many people believe bleeding gums are a sign of good toothbrushing. However, it is not normal for gums to bleed and when you brush. Bleeding gums are often caused by a build-up of plaque along the gum line. Plaque can push down into the pockets of the gum and harden into tartar. As you brush or floss your teeth, this irritates the sensitive gum tissue and can cause bleeding or soreness.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be coordinated by a dentist. You should not attempt to use over-the-counter medications without the approval of a dentist. Our dentists can diagnose and treat your bleeding gums.
If your bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, the dentist will perform an extensive cleaning. If you are suffering from gum disease, we may recommend a scaling and root planning procedure to remove plaque and tartar from the gum pockets. If your condition is advanced to periodontitis, we may refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Schedule a Periodontal Consultation
If you have bleeding gums or sore gums, schedule a consultation with Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford, Texas for a periodontal screening to check for signs of gum disease. Call 817.382.8869 or request an appointment online.