If your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth, you may be developing gum disease.
Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS offers treatment for bleeding gums in Washington, D.C. Bleeding gums are a dental concern that often accompanies gingivitis, a condition which precedes periodontitis, or gum disease. Gum disease develops from the infection of gum tissue. Plaque can inflame the gums, causing them to bleed easily. As the infection progresses, pockets between teeth form, loosening them or causing them to fall out.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
There are multiple symptoms of developing gum disease to be aware of:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gum line
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
- Swollen or red gums
- Changes in the fit of a denture
- Loose or shifting teeth
Gum disease can also increase a patient’s risk for heart problems such as strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. If you believe you may be developing periodontitis, call Foxhall Smiles today at 202.315.2188. We can help remove the infection.
Treating Bleeding Gums
There are multiple surgical and non-surgical methods that can be used to treat moderate to severe gum disease. Non-surgical methods include antibiotics, scaling, and root planing. Flap surgery, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration are surgical methods.
Antibiotics are used to help eliminate the bacteria that cause infection. Scaling is a treatment used to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar from the mouth. Root planing smooths out tooth roots and combats gum inflammation. As for surgical gum treatment methods, flap surgery lifts gum tissue back to expose tooth roots and clean out bacteria more effectively. Bone grafting treats receding gums by using transplanted bone. Tooth loss can be prevented through tissue regeneration that covers gums and keeps teeth in place.
Request a Consultation
Contact Foxhall Smiles at 202.315.2188. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Catanzano and his professional dental team on our website. Dr. Catanzano and his staff are dedicated to making sure that patients are as comfortable as possible in their office. If you have any remaining questions about periodontal therapy or any other treatments, feel free to ask a dental team member. They will be happy to assist you.