If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis or gum inflammation. Although gingivitis is common and reversible, it can progress into periodontitis or gum disease. As gum inflammation professes, many patients experience painful symptoms that can affect their daily life. Dr. Suman Chibb helps her patients treat bleeding gums in Owings Mills, MD. This stage of gum disease has painful symptoms, and some of the effects are permanent. That is why it is extremely important that you come into our office at the first sign of bleeding gums.
What is Gum Disease?
When patients don’t practice proper dental hygiene, bacteria in the mouth form plaque on the teeth, and this bacteria may cause your gums to become inflamed, which results in red, swollen, or bleeding gums. For many people with gingivitis, this inflammation is not painful. If you catch gingivitis early, it can be reversed and healed with proper oral hygiene. But left untreated, gingivitis can worsen and ultimately lead to tooth loss.
- Red or swollen gums
- Gum tenderness
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
Please contact our office if you have noticed any of these signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. We can provide you with deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums.
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?
The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene on a regular basis by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Flossing before you brush your teeth can remove food debris and make it easier for you to clean between the teeth. Try to make sure you brush before bed, after meals, and for a least two minutes per session.
Visit Dr. Chibb at least twice per year for regular screenings and checkups. During these routine visits, Dr. Chibb and her dental team can find early signs of dental problems like gingivitis and prevent them from becoming serious issues.
Schedule A Dental Consultation
If you are suffering from swollen, or bleeding gums on a regular basis, call 410-314-9546. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Chibb on our website.