Are Bleeding Gums Normal?
No, bleeding gums are not normal. In fact, if your gums bleed during routine brushing or flossing, you may be experiencing a symptom of gum disease. If you are noticing any changes in your oral health, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Dr. Mark Jefferies of Herndon, VA offers advanced care for patients with gum disease. He can work with you to address your bleeding gums and recommend the best solution for your dental health. To learn more about treating bleeding gums in Herndon, VA, visit our dental practice for a consultation. To schedule an appointment, call (703) 570-1152 or request an appointment online.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums that is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth. The bacteria in plaque can irritate the gum tissue, leading to an infection. Gum disease is categorized into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. During this stage of gum disease, you may notice your gums bleed more easily, swollen gums, and red gums. Many patients don’t even realize they have gingivitis until they visit their dentist. The good news is gingivitis is reversible with proper treatment and excellent oral hygiene.
Periodontitis: When gingivitis is left untreated, it will progress to periodontitis. When plaque grows beneath the gum line, the bacteria in plaque will begin to irritate the gums, causing inflammation which leads to gum recession and the development of deep periodontal pockets. Bacteria fill these newly formed periodontal pockets which will eventually compromise the health of the gums and teeth. Periodontitis is a more advanced, aggressive form of gum disease that can jeopardize the health of your gums, teeth, and surrounding bone structure if left untreated. In advanced cases, patients will experience tooth loss as a result of periodontitis.
What Are The Signs of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is often described as the “silent disease” because many patients don’t experience any symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. Most patients begin noticing symptoms as gum disease progresses. It is important to visit the dentist regularly to ensure your gums and teeth remain in excellent condition.
If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms of gum disease, be sure to contact our Herndon, VA dentist office for a consultation.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Swollen, red, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
- Receding Gums
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Change in the fit of your dentures
- Changes in your bite
- Loose teeth
As mentioned, in advanced cases of gum disease, you may experience bone and tooth loss. The goal is to stop the progression of the disease before it leads to complex dental problems.
How Can I Treat Bleeding Gums?
The first step to treating bleeding gums or gum disease is to schedule a visit with your dentist. If bleeding gums are the result of gum disease, our team will explore your periodontal therapy options. With periodontal therapy, we aim to offer the least invasive and most effective solutions to restore your gum health.
The type of treatment we recommend will depend on the stage of gum disease and the extent of damage to the teeth, gums, and bone. The goal of treatment is to stop the progression of gums disease, restore health to your gums, and address any damage.
- Scaling & Root Planing
- Antibacterial Rinse
- Laser Dentistry
- Gum Graft Surgery
- Periodontal Pocket Reduction
Maintaining healthy gums can benefit your smile in the long run. Visit our Northern Virginia dentist office get one step closer to optimal gum health.