Bleeding Gums Treatment in Midtown Atlanta & Roswell
Are your gums bleeding? Do they feel swollen and irritated?
Bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease.
Don’t ignore bleeding gums. It’s possible that your irritated gums are the one-time result of flossing or brushing too vigorously. However, chronically bleeding gums can be a sign of something much bigger.
What causes gums to bleed?
- Using a hard bristle toothbrush
- Brushing or flossing too vigorously
- Taking medications like aspirin or blood thinners
- Dentures that don’t fit correctly
- Inadequate dental hygiene habits, resulting in plaque and calculus build-up
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
Gum disease is serious!
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection caused by the buildup of plaque and calculus along the gumline. Without proper hygiene, these substances filled with bacteria, will slowly eat away at and damage your teeth, gums, and bone.
Bleeding gums are one of the first symptoms of gum disease.
Left untreated, bleeding gums can turn into painful inflammation, gum recession, bone loss, and ultimately tooth loss.
How to prevent bleeding gums and keep gums healthy
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes
Floss every day
Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
Avoid smoking, vaping, and tobacco
Eat a balanced diet
See your dentist twice a year for routine preventive care
What to do if your gums are bleeding?
The best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with a periodontist.
Periodontists have 3 extra years of specialized training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum issues. They are uniquely suited to help you treat and stop bleeding gums.
Seek immediate care from a periodontist if:
- Your gums bleed every time you brush or floss your teeth
- Your gums are bleeding for no apparent reason
- You gums are red, swollen, and irritated
- You can’t get the bleeding to stop
- Your gums feel tender and painful
Need help for bleeding gums? Schedule an appointment at our Roswell or Midtown Atlanta periodontist office.
How do you fix bleeding gums?
Our periodontists offer both surgical and non-surgical gum disease treatments, including high-tech and pain-free laser therapy.
Whether you’re dealing with gingivitis and want to prevent it from escalating, or need advanced treatment to combat the effects of periodontitis, we can help.
Remember, the sooner you treat bleeding gums, the better!
More questions? We’re here to help
What is a good home remedy for bleeding gums?
If your gums bleed every time you brush or floss, make sure you contact a periodontist for help. In the meantime, bleeding home remedies to relieve discomfort include:
- Hold an ice pack against your gums
- Use a warm salt water rinse — 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of lukewarm water
- Hold a wet tea bag against your gums (limit to no more than 5 min)
Are bleeding gums an emergency?
If your gums are bleeding profusely and you can’t get the blood to stop, get emergency help from your periodontist. In general, bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease, a serious health issue and must be addressed as soon as possible.
How long does it take for gums to stop bleeding?
If you just started flossing again regularly, it may cause your gums to bleed as they adjust to this new habit. Unless you are suffering from gum disease, the bleeding should stop within 3-10 days with enough proper flossing. If the bleeding persists, get help from your periodontist.
Why are my gums sore?
If your gums are sore and swollen around just one tooth, it could be the result of gum disease, or it might be an abscess. Call your periodontist to schedule an appointment and have it looked at.
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