Have you noticed blood on your toothbrush? Perhaps your gums bleed during flossing. If you notice bleeding gums, we recommend scheduling an exam with our dentist as soon as possible, as this symptom is a common indicator of gum (periodontal) disease. Healthy gums should not bleed. If you find that your gums bleed during oral hygiene or feel swollen or tender to the touch, the gingival tissue in your mouth could be inflamed and possibly irritated. Following is some helpful information on bleeding gums and periodontal disease.
Causes of Bleeding Gums
Sometimes, bleeding gums can mean that you are flossing or brushing incorrectly. If you thread floss between your teeth with too much force or brush too vigorously, you could easily irritate your gums and cause minor bleeding. Patients who do not floss regularly may experience bleeding when they do resume flossing. In this instance, the only way to be certain if gum disease is present, is to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Bleeding gums is problematic because it leaves the interior structure of the gingival tissue susceptible to oral bacteria in the mouth, which can increase the likelihood of infection. If you do have bleeding gums, do not stop practicing oral hygiene. Continue to brush in gentle, circular motions and floss daily with care until you can visit our practice for a checkup.
An Overview of Gum Disease
When gum disease is detected in an early stage, patients can be cured with improved oral hygiene and professional treatment. However, if periodontal disease progresses to a certain point, the disease is only manageable. Advanced periodontal disease is very aggressive. This is because the gums are severely inflamed and infected. Late stage gum disease can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and severe gum recession.
Our practice offers treatment for gum disease and can refer patients with complex or advanced cases to a specialist. To schedule an appointment for a dental checkup, call our practice today.