Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? You may have gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation. Gum inflammation and bleeding gums are some of the earliest forms of gum disease. Over time, these symptoms can worsen and lead to infected, painful, and receding gums. Dr. Elizabeth Duling treats patients with bleeding gums in Owen’s Cross Roads, AL. She provides restorative care to remove bacteria from the gums and renew the health of both the teeth and gums. Know the signs of gingivitis so you can prevent the progression of periodontitis or gum disease.
Common Signs of Gingivitis
Other than bleeding gums, patients will often also experience these symptoms if they have gum inflammation:
- Red and swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bad breath
- Gum sensitivity
- Receding gums
Please contact Dr. Duling’s office if you have noticed any of these symptoms. She will help you find the right treatment option to fit your needs.
How to Treat Bleeding Gums
There are several preventative treatments that remove bacteria from the teeth and gums and minimize gingivitis:
- Antibacterial Rinses: At routine visits, we can provide patients with an antibacterial rinse. These rinses help minimize the bacteria that cause infections.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Used in tandem, scaling and root planing treatments clean around and beneath the gums. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from and underneath the gum line. Root planing smooths the tooth roots, which help keep them attached to the teeth.
- Routine Oral Health Care: Maintaining your own health by brushing and flossing twice a day can minimize bacteria in the mouth. Many patients skip flossing, but this step is integral to removing bacteria buildup from between teeth. At routine visits, we also provide deep cleaning services to reduce harmful bacteria.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you need to treat bleeding gums? Contact Dr. Duling today. New patients can call 256.202.4186, while current patients may call 256.534.1475. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Duling online. Let Dr. Duling know if you have any oral health questions or concerns. She will be happy to help you discover the right solution for you.