Bleeding gums can be painful in many situations and it may be an indicator of serious dental health problems. However, the problem often can be cured through the use of several types treatments and medications. If you have gums that bleed, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible with either your Seattle Dentists or Bellevue Dentists for a proper diagnosis of the problem and a suggested course of action. Until you can get to your dental appointment, you should brush and floss your teeth properly each day. See the Brookside Dental article about Healthy Gums “

Some additional home remedies that you can use for bleeding gums that can temporarily soothe the associated pain until you can see your Seattle Family Dentist or Bellevue Family Dentist are cold or hot packs on the effected area to help relieve discomfort, while warm salt water mouth rinses can help remove oral bacteria and sooth oral wounds. These temporary solutions should in no way be considered a substitute for a visit to your Brookside Dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

The dentists at Brookside Dental and their hygienists have a variety of treatments available that they may perform to help the problems of swollen and bleeding gums. The main dental techniques used in the dental office to help these problems are regular teeth cleaning or in cases of periodontal disease a much deeper cleaning is performed which is known as a perio–scaling and root planning (PSRP). To ensure that treatments for bleeding gums works, proper home care and cooperation are needed from the patient. An essential step to stop bleeding gums is elimination of plaque and tartar from the base of the teeth and the gums. This requires daily and thorough brushing, flossing, and rinsing of the mouth to help remove particles that can become trapped between teeth and gums and cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Newer treatment of periodontal disease can involve localized antibiotic use. In some situations, slow release antibiotics are placed below the gum line to assist in killing oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease which can have associated swollen and bleeding gums. If not treated properly, people with these gum problems can develop deep pockets, receding gums, and bone loss around their teeth. Severe problems with the gums may require the referral to a periodontal specialist or by your Brookside Family Dentist to prevent further bleeding and possible extended gum disease.

You should be aware that approximately 75% of adults over the age of 35 affected by some type of gum disease. Please note that periodontal disease is often painless and you may not feel any pain until your gums and tooth supporting bone tissues are seriously damaged. Therefore, we recommend regular twice yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings by your Seattle Family Dentist or Bellevue Family Dentist.