Do your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss? That usually means you're not taking proper care of your teeth and gums.
If your gums bleed easily despite your thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine, there’s a chance gum disease is the culprit. A quick visit with Wedgewood Dental, can help you find the cause of your bleeding gums, and put a stop to it.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Bleeding gums are the most obvious sign of gum disease. However, bleeding gums may occur for other reasons, too, such as:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Brushing or flossing too hard
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Ill-fitting oral appliances
- Blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin
- Hormonal changes from pregnancy or hormonal therapy
Keep in mind, if your oral hygiene routine is thorough and consistent and still, your gums bleed, don't rule out gum disease.
Signs of gum disease
Gum disease isn’t always the result of poor dental health. Some people have a higher risk of developing gum disease than others, like those who smoke or chew tobacco. Having diabetes or a family history of gum disease also makes you more susceptible.
The symptoms of gum disease depend on what type you have. Gingivitis is the first and more mild form of gum disease. It can develop when plaque and bacteria stay on your gums too long.
Common symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Sore, puffy gums
- Red or irritated gums
- Bleeding gums
- Occasional bad breath
- Tenderness around your gums
You can reverse gingivitis if you catch it and take action early. But left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more severe form of gum disease: periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease infects your gums, jawbone, and the supportive tissue that helps anchor your teeth.
Your gums bleed more easily if you have periodontal disease. Your teeth also look longer because your gum tissue pulls down and away from your tooth. Receding gum lines can make your teeth lose, and eventually, they can fall out.
Treating bleeding gums and gum disease
Treatment of gum disease depends on how mild or severe it is. Mild gingivitis improves with proper teeth brushing and a good, professional cleaning. Periodontal disease requires more advanced treatment, depending on the severity and damage.
Early intervention can minimize the damage to your gums. That’s why it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Wedgewood Dental if you experience bleeding gums. We can examine your gums to check for inflammation and tissue loss around your teeth.
If you’re experiencing bleeding gums and other signs of gum disease, contact Wedgewood Dental to book your appointment.