Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing is an early sign of a bigger, underlying condition. Often, this underlying problem is periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. In periodontal disease, bacteria in the gums cause an infection that can spread and destroy the supporting structures of your teeth.
The good news is that gum disease can be avoided by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Bleeding will gradually decrease and disappear once a regular daily routine is established. Regular visits to the dentist for cleanings will also help prevent infection. These regular visits are important because all the plaque cannot be removed on your own, no matter how well you brush and floss your teeth. Plaque eventually becomes hard tartar, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss.
Our team at Prestige Dentistry gently works to remove plaque from your teeth. This involves the use of specialized instruments to comfortably remove plaque and tartar. If you have gum disease, we will treat it with special instruments to remove bacteria and tartar above and below the gum line, and apply an antibacterial rinse also. And, most importantly, we will educate you on the correct home care so that gum disease can be avoided altogether.