If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have gum inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, gum inflammation causes bleeding and irritation in the gums. When left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis or gum disease. Although common, gum disease is a serious dental problem that can lead to eventual tooth loss. Dr. William Harper treats bleeding gums and other gum problems including infection in his Newport News, VA dental office. Contact him to help reverse the harmful symptoms of gum disease so you can get a healthy smile.
Symptoms of Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gum disease begins with these symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum and tooth sensitivity
- Irritated gums
- Bad breath
- Swollen and red gums
Over time, periodontitis may show in the form of:
- Gum recession
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Bone loss
Contact Dr. Harper and his team if you have noticed any of these signs of gum disease. They can help you choose a treatment that matches your specific needs.
How to Reverse Bleeding Gums
Dr. Harper and his team offer a number of treatments to reverse gingivitis and periodontitis:
- Antibacterial Rinses: Patients with gum inflammation benefit from antibacterial rinses in our office. These rinses target harmful bacteria and are often used in tandem with dental cleanings. When used routinely, antibacterial rinses can help reverse gingivitis.
- Prophy-Jet: A prophy-jet is an air-polishing alternative to traditional options like scaling and root planing. This treatment uses water, air, and baking soda to remove plaque from around the gums. Prophy-jets do not require drilling or metal tools that can feel uncomfortable on the teeth and gums.
- Laser Dentistry: Dental lasers use light and heat to remove infected gum tissue. Laser dentistry offers pain-free and safe treatment. Dental lasers also minimize bleeding and help the soft tissues of the mouth heal quickly.
Contact Our Dental Office
If you are a new patient, you can call Dr. Harper for comfortable treatment today at (757) 414-7227. Existing patients can contact Dr. Harper’s office by calling (757) 868-8152. You may also request a dental consultation with Dr. Harper and his dental team on our website.