Problems We Treat
Experiencing bleeding gums while eating or brushing your teeth can be concerning. Often, this issue arises due to various factors. At Waterloo Dental Clinic, under the experienced care of Dr. Ash, we can diagnose and effectively treat your gum conditions, helping restore your oral health and your peace of mind.
What Causes Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums are frequently an indicator of gum disease, or gingivitis, often stemming from poor oral hygiene. Plaque build-up on the teeth can lead to inflammation and cause the gums to bleed. If left untreated, this can progress to more severe periodontal disease, potentially resulting in more serious complications.
Infrequent flossing can also contribute to gum bleeding, as can certain medications that affect the clotting process in your body. Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy, can temporarily cause gum inflammation and bleeding – a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Lastly, poor-fitting dentures can irritate the gums, causing them to bleed.
Recommendations to Prevent Bleeding Gums
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best strategy to prevent bleeding gums. Here’s what you can do:
- Brush Twice a Day: Regular brushing removes plaque from the teeth surfaces, reducing gum inflammation.
- Floss Daily: Flossing removes the plaque and food particles that your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Regular Dental Exams and Cleanings: Regular visits to the clinic will allow Dr. Ash and his team to identify early signs of gum disease and provide professional cleanings to remove hardened plaque (tartar) that can contribute to bleeding gums.
How We Treat Bleeding Gums at Waterloo Dental Clinic
If your gums bleed despite maintaining good oral hygiene, Dr. Ash offers personalized treatment plans to address bleeding gums effectively.
Treatment often begins with a comprehensive dental exam to identify the cause of your bleeding gums. Based on your diagnosis, your treatment plan may include professional cleanings, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), or, in more advanced cases, periodontal therapy.
Additionally, Dr. Ash may offer guidance on improving your at-home oral care routine and suggest modifications if needed. For instance, if your bleeding gums are due to poorly fitting dentures, we can adjust or replace your dentures to ensure a comfortable, proper fit.