Aggressive brushing or flossing can cause the gums to bleed. But if you are experiencing frequent bleeding of the gums, even after you have tried a softer toothbrush or softer brushing, you could be suffering from gingivitis.

An estimated 80% of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal (gum) disease. The beginning signs of gum disease are usually painless, so those at risk are usually unaware.

Pregnant women can also experience bleeding gums due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. It is important to maintain regular dentist visits and be sensitive while brushing around sore gum areas.

Treatment for Bleeding Gums

Treatment of bleeding or sore gums should always be handled by a dentist. Although it may be tempting to try over the counter medicines, gum disease is a serious issue that should be treated by a professional.

If you have gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease, Dr. Sheen will remove plaque or build-up from the gums and teeth. Other special mouthwashes or topical treatments may also be prescribed.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. This is caused by the spread of the infection from the gums to the ligaments and bone supporting the teeth. Treatment for advanced periodontal disease includes antibiotics, removing infected gum tissue, and scalping of the gum surface.

To avoid invasive treatment, it is important to catch gum disease at its beginning stage. If you are experiencing sore or bleeding gums, contact Annapolis based dentist Dr. Sheen to schedule an appointment.