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Cambridge Dental
Dr. Mark A. Gaona

Why do my gums bleed when I brush?

Bleeding gums are a common symptom of periodontal disease, an infection that affects the gums and supporting structures that hold your teeth in place. The most common cause of gum disease is poor brushing and flossing habits that lead to a buildup of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar on the teeth. 

Prompt treatment for gum disease with Dr. Gaona can prevent the effects of gum disease—swollen, inflamed, and bleeding gums, loose teeth, and even tooth loss—from damaging your long-term oral health.

How We Treat Gum Disease

There are different types of periodontal disease treatment depending on how severe the case is. The first stage, called gingivitis, is typically easy to treat by a skilled dental hygienist.

Treatment for gingivitis involves a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Tartar is hardened plaque that you can’t brush away at home; it can only be removed by a trained hygienist using specialized instruments. This cleaning, along with improved at-home oral hygiene, is usually all it takes to reverse gingivitis.

If gingivitis advances, you can develop periodontitis. This is advanced gum disease and requires a special type of deep teeth cleaning called scaling and root planing. With this procedure, the hygienist ‘scales’ the teeth to remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, then ‘planes’ the roots to smooth rough surfaces.

Following the deep cleaning, it will be necessary to schedule more frequent teeth cleanings so your dentist and hygienist can prevent a reoccurrence.

Call for Gum Disease Treatment in Glendale, AZ

Do you have bleeding, swollen, or inflamed gums? Dr. Gaona and his professional team provide treatment for gingivitis and advanced gum disease, so call us to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to helping restore your healthy smile.

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