Bleeding Gums Treatment Baltimore, MD

Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing your teeth?

This is often an early sign of developing gum disease. Gums that bleed during routine oral hygiene indicate that something is irritating the gum tissue and should be addressed to identify the cause and treat effectively if necessary.

At the Maryland Center for Complete Dentistry in Owings Mills, MD, Dr. Silverman offers diagnosis and periodontal therapy for the signs and symptoms of gum disease, including bleeding gums. He works with patients suffering with various stages of gum disease to provide personalized care that will restore healthy gums and support a healthy smile.

Common Causes for Bleeding Gums

Dr. Silverman will thoroughly evaluate your oral health, looking for both the early warning signs of gum disease or the underlying cause for existing symptoms. There are several common reasons that the gums may bleed, including:

  • Gum disease, plaque along the gum line
  • Vigorous tooth brushing, using a hard bristle tooth brush
  • Pregnancy and associated hormonal changes
  • Certain diseases or medications that make the gums sensitive

Why Treat Bleeding Gums?

It is important to come in for a visit to our Owings Mills dentist office if you have gums that bleed. In many cases, this is an indication of periodontal disease. Left untreated, periodontal disease can continue to develop and threaten the health of both gums and teeth.

Dr. Silverman will assess the stage of your gum disease and recommend the most appropriate treatment for restoring your dental health- and avoiding complex problems down the road. Treatment will depend on the severity of gum disease, any existing damage to the gums and lifestyle habits that are affecting your periodontal health.

  • Antibacterial rinses: in cases of mild irritation or early gingivitis, using an antibacterial rinse at home can restore healthy gums.
  • Scaling and root planing: this thorough cleaning reaches into the deep pockets of the gums and along the tooth roots to remove built up plaque and restore health.
  • Gum surgery: in the case of advanced periodontitis, usually involving gum damage affecting the teeth, Dr. Silverman may refer you to a local specialist to address your gum disease with advanced treatment options.

Who Is At Risk?

As with any medical condition, there are certain factors that place some patients at a greater risk for developing dental problems such as gum disease. Being aware of your personal risk is important and can help you to maintain periodontal health with regular dental care and at home oral hygiene.

  • Age – the older we are, the more we are at risk for gum disease.
  • Smoking/tobacco use – using tobacco and smoking increases our risk for many health concerns, including periodontal disease.
  • Genetics – Research has shown that some of us are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease.
  • Stress – stress often makes it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal disease.
  • Medications – certain medications, including oral contraceptives, antidepressants and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health. Always let Dr. Silverman know what medications you are prescribed.
  • Clenching/grinding your teeth – these habits put excess force on the periodontal tissues, which support your teeth and can lead to a break down of healthy tissue over time.
  • Systemic diseases – systemic disease affects the body’s inflammatory system and may affect the health of the gums.
  • Poor nutrition and obesity – diets low in important nutrients affect the body’s ability to fight off infection, including gum disease.
Jonathan E. Silverman, DDS