Dr. Mehr Tucker treats patients with gingivitis in Rockville, MD. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your mouth if you don't treat your bleeding gums. Keep reading about gum disease and come see us if your gums are bleeding!
Anyone can have bleeding gums if they brush or floss too hard, but if your gums are bleeding easily when you brush and floss, this is a sign of gum disease. Gum disease happens when plaque and tartar build up on the surfaces of the teeth. The bacteria irritate the gums, and they become red and inflamed and start to pull away from the teeth. When you have gingivitis in Rockville, MD, you'll want to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Why you need to treat bleeding gums
It's important to treat your gums as soon as you notice bleeding. When you don't treat gum disease it only progresses. The advanced stage of gum disease also called periodontitis, is when patients start to notice loose teeth, which can easily become shifted or lost teeth.
Your dentist may treat your bleeding gums with a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. Scaling removes all the plaque and tartar from your teeth and root planing reshapes the surfaces of your teeth near the gums so they can grow back around your teeth properly. Gum surgery may be recommended in some cases.
Your best defense against gum disease will always be keeping up a great oral hygiene routine at home and scheduling regular teeth cleaning visits. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and coming in for professional teeth cleaning appointments twice a year.
Dr. Tucker loves to see patients keeping their smiles and gums healthy with great oral hygiene. If you have gingivitis in Rockville, MD, come see us to treat your bleeding gums. Contact us for an appointment at (301) 963-8900.