Do Your Gums Bleed?
Created on September 30, 2016
Bleeding gums should not be ignored. If you’ve noticed that yours bleed a bit when you floss or brush, it could be a sign of gum disease. Normally, gum tissue does not bleed – even vigorous brushing should not result in bleeding gums. Continue reading to learn more.
More about gum disease:
•Also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease, gum disease is a bacterial infection that can destroy your gums, damage your teeth and even result in the loss of teeth. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
•The primary cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene. However, being pregnant, having diabetes, smoking, or eating lots of sugary foods can increase your likelihood of getting gum disease.
•Bleeding gums are just one sign of gum disease. Be on the lookout for other signs such as tender or swollen gums, mouth sores, loose teeth, receding gums or persistent bad breath.
•Gum disease can be frightening because of its serious effects, but there are things you can do to recover and stop it from progressing.
•Call and schedule an appointment as soon as you notice your gums are bleeding. We can determine how far the infection has progressed and what type of treatment is necessary.
•A professional dental cleaning is strongly recommended; you may need a deeper cleaning, which is called “scaling.” If the disease has progressed and is serious, you may need medication or surgery.
•If the disease is manageable, there are things you can do to treat and prevent it:
•Rinse your mouth with water after eating and brush, if possible.
•Floss at least once a day, even if you notice bleeding. Floss more often while you’re recovering from gum disease.
•Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
•Avoid sugary foods and beverages.
•Rinse your mouth with a non-alcohol based mouthwash.
Call, today, to schedule a dental exam and cleaning, especially if you are concerned about gum disease: (413) 781-7645.