Many people think it's normal to see a little blood when they brush their teeth. They figure they just brushed their gums too hard or some other reason. However, it's not normal. Generally, if you see blood when you are brushing your teeth, you probably have gum disease. It can be possible to have gum disease without realizing you have it, just because you aren't familiar with the symptoms of it. If you ask your dentist about your bloody gums, they will probably tell you about gum disease and what they can do to treat your gum disease so that you don't lose your teeth and your mouth is healthier.
Scaling and Root Planing
Your dentist may not call it scaling at root planing, instead, they may call it deep cleaning. It is the same thing. It's a pretty standard treatment for periodontal disease. The dentist will scrape off all the plaque and calculus that is around your teeth and gums. The plaque and calculus are a breeding ground for bacteria. That bacteria can deepen and enlarge the pocket that goes in between your gum and the root of your teeth. In healthy teeth and gums, that pocket doesn't affect the tight fit that should exist in between your gums and your teeth. The bacteria will cause that pocket to get deeper and cause your gums to recede. Also, as the bacteria causes the pockets to deepen, more bacteria can get into the area, which causes the pockets to deepen, so on and so forth.
Depending on how severe your gum disease is, your dentist may have you do the scaling and root planing in more than one appointment. Before they even start with that, your doctor will give you a regular cleaning. That way you will have a smaller chance of getting incidental bacteria or plaque into those pockets as your doctor is trying to clean them out. Then your doctor will give you some local anesthetic. It's not a surgical procedure, but it can be somewhat painful while it is happening. Then your doctor will start to scale the plaque by scraping it off. Once they get all the plaque out of the pockets, the dentist will then do the root planing, which means they will smooth out any bumps or cracks in the root. Smooth spots are harder for the bacteria or plaque to get a good grip on. If the scaling and root planing are successful, your gums should heal up and become as tight and high as they should.
If you are bleeding when you brush your teeth, you should go see your dentist. It's not a normal thing to happen. Your dentist will be able to help you so that it won't happen anymore. For more information, contact local dentists, such as Kenneth Schweizer DDS PA.