Gum disease is a dental condition that is often linked to other serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. According to the American Dental Association, more than 7 out of 10 adults suffer from some form of gum disease. However, when intercepted early, gum disease can be easily managed with little risk of further infection. Dr. John Gotwalt and his Lititz, PA dental team are passionate about helping patients restore their teeth and gums. If you would like to receive gum treatment in their dental office, call 717-220-4651, or schedule an appointment online.
Treating Bleeding Gums
If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, let Dr. Gotwalt know at your next dental visit. There are a number of treatment options his office offers for patients with bleeding gums, including:
Routine Dental Cleaning: The best way for you to prevent gum disease and bleeding gums is with routine visits to our dentist office. Our dental cleanings are performed by a dental hygienist who will gently remove plaque and tartar from around the teeth and gums.
Scaling and Root Planing: If you have bleeding gums or any other symptoms of periodontitis, Dr. Gotwalt may recommend an intensive cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This treatment removes plaque and tartar from deep pockets of the gum and smooths the surface of tooth roots.
Periodontal Therapy: Periodontal therapy can include any of the treatments above as well as gum surgery for patients suffering from the most advanced stage of gum disease. We may perform periodontal therapy and gum surgery in our dental office or refer you to a specialist for treatment.
Preventing Bleeding Gums
Brushing and flossing your teeth and gums forcefully can cause bleeding gums even when gum disease is not an issue. Always use a soft toothbrush and brush using a gentle, circular motion. Brushing back and forth can damage gums and make them more likely to bleed or recede. When you floss, carefully slide the floss between teeth and gently follow the curve of each tooth. Forcing the floss up and down can cut your gums and cause bleeding.