Bleeding gums is one of the more common dental concerns that we treat in our Geneva, IL dental office. Because it is one of the more common signs of gum disease, Dr. Khanna takes bleeding gums very seriously, offering a wide range of treatments to restore health quickly and comfortably.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
One of the biggest questions we get is “what do bleeding gums mean?”. Patients know it isn’t normal for gums to bleed when they brush or floss their teeth. Bleeding gums is usually an early warning sign gum disease. Plaque builds up on teeth and along gums, eventually hardening into tartar. When you brush or floss your teeth, the hard substance pushes down into gums, causing irritation and in some cases, bleeding.
Pregnant women commonly experience bleeding gums because of hormonal changes taking place in the body. It is important for pregnant women to continue to brush and floss, but be extra cautious around sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding. Also, maintain routine visits to the dentist during pregnancy to monitor gum health.
How to Stop Bleeding Gums
There is no at-home treatment to stop bleeding gums, so it is important to visit a qualified dentist like Dr. Khanna. The first step is to visit our Geneva dental office for a visit with Dr. Khanna. He will provide a comprehensive evaluation to look at the health of the teeth, gums and other support structures. Next, we will develop a treatment plan that will stop bleeding gums and return them to proper health.
The first line of treatment for patients with bleeding gums is usually an intensive dental cleaning to scrape the tartar from the teeth and below the gumline. Dr. Khanna may also recommend special rinses or more frequent visits to establish a healthy baseline.
In more severe cases, Dr. Khanna may coordinate gum surgery with a periodontist.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have sore gums or bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with Khanna Dentistry in Geneva, IL for a periodontal screening and consultation with Dr. Neeraj Khanna.