Many patients visit our office after noticing a small amount of blood in the sink following brushing or flossing their teeth. Bleeding gums, also known as gingivitis, is the first sign of gum disease progression. Gum disease is a dental concern that is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar near your gum line. Your healthy soft tissues become inflamed due to the bacteria in the buildup. Left untreated, the bacteria will begin to eat away at your healthy soft tissues causing a wide range of symptoms including gum tenderness, discoloration, bad breath, and a receding gum line. Learn how we treat bleeding gums in our Bethesda, MD dentist office below.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums in Bethesda, MD
During your routine preventative dental appointment, one of our skilled dental professionals will perform a dental cleaning and periodontal screening. During the periodontal screening, your gums will be evaluated based on their sensitivity and the amount of build-up surrounding them. We will do our best to remove any build-up that may be causing your gum inflammation. However, if your gingivitis has progressed past the point of being treated with routine cleaning, we may suggest a deep cleaning appointment, also known as periodontal disease treatment. Deep cleaning allows us to remove any bacteria that has made its way below your gum line.
Dr. Khanna can help you maintain your gum health and avoid the progression of gum disease. We recommend that patients schedule routine preventative care appointments once every six months. This allows Dr. Khanna and her dental care team to keep a close eye on your dental health and address any minor issues, such as bleeding gums before they develop into more serious dental concerns.
If you are looking for a family dentist office in Bethesda, MD, we hope you will consider Bethesda Family Smiles. Dr. Khanna is known for her compassionate and caring approach to the oral health needs and aesthetic goals of our patients. Our office welcomes new patients of all ages. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Please schedule an appointment online, and we look forward to seeing you very soon.