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Bleeding Gums

Bleeding Gums services offered in Albany, NY

Periodontal surgery is often necessary to improve your oral health and aesthetics. At Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants in Albany, New York, periodontists Reed Ference, DDS, MDS, Sean Ference, DDS, MDS, and Beniel Tamraz DDS, MDS, offer multiple types of periodontal surgery to eliminate oral health concerns and enhance your smile. Call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Bleeding Gums Q & A

What are bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums refers to blood you see oozing from the soft tissues supporting your teeth. While you may not notice blood coming from your gums all of the time or even very often, it's particularly common to have bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. 

Even though bleeding gums are somewhat common, they signify your body actively fighting an infection in your gums and are a sign of declining oral health. Fortunately, it isn't too late to treat and even reverse the condition causing your bleeding gums. 

If you experience this symptom, the team at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants can examine your teeth and gums and decide which course of treatment will best improve your oral health.

What causes bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums are a sign of your body fighting an infection in your gums. Gingivitis, the earliest form, is highly prevalent among all age groups. In fact, bleeding gums are the most common sign of gingivitis. If you see pink or red when you spit into the sink after brushing or flossing, gingivitis is the most likely reason. 

As your gum disease reaches more advanced stages such as periodontal disease, your gums will tend to bleed worse. Periodontitis can also come with additional symptoms like painful chewing, bad breath, gum recession, loose adult teeth, or even the loss of one or many teeth. 

Gum bleeding can also come from traumatic injuries to the mouth as well as much more rare conditions like leukemia, a vitamin deficiency, or a lack of platelets (clotting factors) in your blood.  

How are bleeding gums treated?

Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants specializes in treating bleeding gums from various stages of gum disease. 

If the team determines you have gingivitis or periodontitis, they will create a suitable treatment plan based on how far your gum disease has progressed. Early stages of gingivitis may need no more than a deep cleaning followed by consistent hygiene and professional monitoring.

Treatments for gum disease include:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • LANAP® laser dentistry
  • Osseous surgery

To maintain the health of your gums, you should follow all postoperative instructions from the team at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants. The team will also make sure your brushing and flossing habits are being performed correctly. 

For more information on bleeding gums and how to manage them, call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or book an appointment online today.