Dentist in Lancaster on Why Your Gums Are Bleeding

woman at the dentist Many adults will experience bleeding gums at some point in their lives. But if you frequently see red when you brush and floss your teeth or if it happens over a long period of time, you should know it could be a sign of a problem which requires professional intervention. Your dentist in Lancaster covers the most common causes of bleeding gums in this week’s blog post — keep reading to find out what may be causing this unpleasant occurrence in your smile.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are a number of factors which may contribute to bleeding gums. It often depends on how you are brushing your teeth — as well as how often.

  • Insufficient dental hygiene: If you are failing to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis, you may have gum disease. This is an infection which causes bleeding, red, and inflamed gums. In fact, bleeding gums is one of the top warning signs of gum disease.
  • Aggressive tooth brushing: It may feel like you are getting a really “deep clean” when you brush your teeth hard, but doing so can actually do the opposite and end up damaging your smile. The gum tissue is sensitive to pressure from the toothbrush, and will eventually wear away if your habits are too forceful.
  • Hormones: For women, hormonal shifts can affect the health of the periodontal tissue. This can occur as part of the menstrual cycle as well as during pregnancy or menopause. The gums may become red, inflamed, and will often bleed due to rises in hormone levels.
  • Cigarettes and tobacco: People who smoke are likely to have poor periodontal health. Gum disease is common for smokers — and bleeding gums will likely occur as a result.

Treatment for Bleeding Gums

You may want to consider visiting your dentist to check into treatment for your bleeding gums. Even if professional intervention is not required, having a professional check out what’s going on can give you peace of mind. If your bleeding gums are the result of gum disease, your dentist may recommend a treatment like scaling and root planing — the gold standard for the management of this periodontal condition. The Chao Pinhole Technique can be used to repair recessed gums.

During an appointment, the dental hygiene team can also provide tips for better brushing and flossing tips to protect your sensitive tissue while you clean. They can also be a helpful resource if you are interested in quitting smoking for the good of your oral and overall health but unsure how to go about it.

To sum up, bleeding gums can signify a serious issue. Don’t wait to find out what’s causing the problem so you can benefit from a solution sooner, rather than later!

Meet the Practice

Dr. Sean Moriarty and his team are the dentists Lancaster trusts with their smiles. Dr. Moriarty has studied periodontal therapy extensively and is also a provider of the Chao Pinhole Technique for gum recession. To learn more about his services or to schedule an appointment for excellence in periodontal care, you are invited to contact the office at (717) 340 – 0478.

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Chao Pinhole Gum Therapy

Before After

Meet Gretchen

Gretchen was told by her last Dentist that she should have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures. Her mother had dentures and she couldn’t even imagine not having her own teeth. She knew she was going to need a lot of work if she wanted to keep her teeth and wanted to do as few appointments as possible. Dr. Moriarty suggested IV sedation and Gretchen agreed that this was her best option. She couldn’t believe how easy the appointments were and wished she would have started the process sooner.

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Meet LuAnn

LuAnn was wearing a complete lower denture. She was disappointed that it no longer fit and was having trouble eating. She decided to have dental implants placed and have teeth anchored to the implants so she would not have to remove them. She loves her new lower teeth so much that she is ready to replace the upper teeth with new crowns that will match the bottom.

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Meet Adam

Adam was concerned about the infection in his mouth. He felt his overall health was suffering and had consulted with his medical Doctor too. Dr. Moriarty found that he had moderate gum disease and several infected teeth. After just two appointments the majority of his dentistry was completed and Adam felt his energy levels returned to normal and was feeling great.

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Meet Elizabeth

Liz suffered from severe dental phobia. She hadn’t been to the Dentist in years and just couldn’t delay dental care one more day. She was very self-conscious about her smile. She was in constant pain and she couldn’t chew her food. She wanted a natural smile and requested that all of her treatment be done with IV sedation. Liz is now very confident with her new smile and is no longer fearful of dentistry.

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Meet Iris

Iris suffered from a chronic condition that kept her isolated in her home for years. She sent an email to the office expressing how embarrassed and afraid she was to come in for care. Dr. Moriarty assured her that he would help her and his office was judgment free. Iris knew she needed a lot of work and would only consent to treatment if she could be sedated. After her initial consultation appointment, she was scheduled to get started. All of her treatment was completed in two visits under IV sedation. She is so grateful to Dr. Moriarty, not only did he change her smile, he changed her life!

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Meet Joe

Joe never really thought about his teeth. But as he got older, he noticed his teeth were falling apart. His goal was to have a younger smile which reflected his spirit. Dr. Moriarty placed all porcelain crowns on four of his upper front teeth. The result, the more youthful smile he desired.

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Meet Sara

Sara came into the office for her preventive cleaning. She was getting married in six months and confessed that she didn’t love her smile. She wanted to make some improvements before she got married. Dr. Moriarty completed two all porcelain crowns for her in just two visits. Sara was thrilled with the results and her smile was radiant in all of her wedding photos.

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Meet Jen

Jen was frustrated with her teeth. She felt like she had a cavity every time she went to the Dentist. Jen had a lot of cavities filled throughout her young life, but the fillings didn’t seem to match her teeth very well and she felt like everyone stared at her smile. She decided that she wanted a longer lasting fix for her smile. Porcelain veneers were the answer. Jen had ten veneers placed on her upper front teeth and her new smile was an instant boost in her self-confidence!

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Meet Jo

Jo wanted straight teeth all of her life. When she was an adult she decided to look at her options to correct her crooked smile. Of course, braces were suggested, but, she just couldn’t see herself with brace at this point in her life and really wanted faster results. Dr. Moriarty suggested porcelain veneers. Jo liked the idea of an instant result and in two visits she left with a gorgeous new smile.

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Meet Sue

Sue repeatedly had cosmetic bonding done on her teeth, and was satisfied with the results, but never thrilled. When it was time to replace the bonding, she expected a similar result. What she didn’t expect was this radiating smile that surpassed her expectations. She is smiling more than ever before.

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Meet Darlene

Darlene called the office at 9:00 am on a Wednesday morning. She hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years and her front tooth broke. She was embarrassed and needed help immediately. She came to the office an hour later and left smiling. Darlene started the process of fixed bridge work, teeth that she brushes in her mouth. She knows she has other needs and vows that she will never miss a checkup appointment again!

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Meet Pamela

Pamela had beautiful porcelain crowns done years ago and has been very diligent about keeping her smile healthy. Surprisingly, she began having issues with her crown, it was loose and caused an unpleasant taste in her mouth. After a consultation, it was determined that the root of the tooth could not be saved. Pamela was given three options to replace her front tooth and she choose an implant. The root was removed and the implant was placed the same day. After a few months of healing the final restoration was completed. The results were outstanding. Pamela is positive she made the right choice to replace her tooth with an implant.