Bleeding Gums Are Not Healthy Gums
Do your gums often bleed when you brush your teeth? Then it’s time to schedule an appointment at Discover Dental right away, because bleeding gums are typically a sign of gum disease and can also point to a number of other health problems, as well.
Dental care issues are the primary cause of bleeding gums. Gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums, and periodontitis, a more serious condition, can make your gums sensitive and prone to bleeding. Most people develop gingivitis when plaque remains on the gum line for too long. If you aren’t brushing and flossing properly, accumulation of plaque along your gums can cause gingivitis. In addition to bleeding gums, symptoms of gingivitis include puffy or swollen gums and mouth pain.
If gingivitis remains untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums, jawbone, and supportive tissues that connect your teeth and gums. If left unchecked, periodontitis can cause your teeth to loosen or fall out.
There can be other causes of regular gum bleeding, as well, including vitamin deficiency, pregnancy, leukemia, or dentures that are too small or too tight. Your gums might bleed more often if you take blood-thinning medications such as warfarin, aspirin, and heparin.
If your gums bleed regularly, it’s important to schedule a visit with Discover Dental right away. Proper dental care and hygiene is the first step toward managing bleeding gums. Our gentle and understanding staff will let you know if you have gingivitis help you regain your oral health. Proper brushing and flossing can eliminate plaque from your gum line, reducing your risk of developing periodontal disease.
Discover Dental may also instruct you to use an antiseptic mouthwash to minimize the plaque that forms in your mouth. A rinse of warm salt water can help soothe swollen gums that bleed easily. Use a soft toothbrush that is gentle on inflamed gums, especially if you experience bleeding after brushing your teeth. You might also consider using an electric toothbrush. The specially designed brush heads on these toothbrushes can help you to clean your gum line more easily than a manual toothbrush.
If your bleeding gums turn out to be a sign of something more serious, a complete physical examination and blood work from your primary care physician can help determine the cause of the bleeding. Most times, however, a trip to Discover Dental is just what the doctor ordered. Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step toward strong and healthy gums!