According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of Americans aged 30 or older have an advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Bleeding gums is usually the first sign of gum disease. Routine visits to the dentist can help you prevent and manage gum disease in any stage. Dr. Furgurson offers comprehensive periodontal care and screens patients for gum disease on every visit.
Treatment of Bleeding Gums
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you should let Dr. Furgurson, Dr. White or Dr. Hoyle know during your next visit. There are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums, depending on your condition:
- Routine Dental Cleaning: The best way for you to prevent gum disease and bleeding gums is with regular preventive dental care. Our dental cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist who will gently remove plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums.
- Scaling & Root Planing: If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Furgurson may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. Dr Furgurson will remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooth the surface of tooth roots.
- Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal therapy can include any of the treatments above as well as gum surgery for patients suffering from periodontitis, an advanced stage of gum disease. We may perform periodontal therapy and gum surgery in our Chapel Hill dental office using a special dental laser or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
How To Avoid Bleeding Gums
Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause bleeding gums even when gum disease is not an issue. Always use a soft tooth brush and brush using a gentle, circular motion. Brushing back and forth can damage gums and make them more likely to bleed and/or recede.
When flossing, carefully slide the floss between teeth and gently follow the curve of each tooth. Forcing the floss up and down can cut gums, causing them to bleed.