Bleeding gums are not normal. Even if the gums bleed only while brushing your teeth, it is a sign of unhealthy gums and potential gum disease. The state of your gums reflects the health of the underlying tissues that can’t be seen, and any bleeding at any time should alert you that more grave problems could come if your gums are left unchecked.
At Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, we are here to keep your smile at its best. While most patients tend to focus primarily on the health of their teeth, as your dental team, we want to emphasize that your gums are just as critical in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Generally, bleeding gums are caused by incomplete removal of plaque. Plaque contains germs that could damage the healthy tissue that surrounds your teeth. This will make your gums swollen and irritated, making them bleed when brushing or flossing. This condition is known as gingivitis, and it is the initial stage of gum disease.
Gingivitis, if left untreated, will inevitably lead to a severe condition known as periodontitis, which could cause tooth loss and may affect your overall health.
How to Prevent Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease?
To ensure the health of your teeth and gums, you should clean them thoroughly. However, you should know that your gums are much more sensitive to irritation than your teeth, and vigorous brushing can damage the tissues, making them sore and more prone to bleeding and recession. As an alternative, use a gentle circular motion with your toothbrush to massage and clean the teeth and gums.
While some patients may begin to worry about their bleeding gums, there is no need to panic. Here are a few measures to help avert bleeding gums and gum disease:
- Brush and floss your teeth two times or more a day.
- Use an electric toothbrush. It gets rid of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth more efficiently.
- Eat a healthy diet to restrict the bacteria in your mouth.
- Quit using tobacco and alcohol
- Visit your dentist for cleaning and oral guidance.
If your gums are sore or swollen, or your gums are bleeding while brushing or flossing, you should arrange an appointment to visit our office immediately. We can determine the level and seriousness of your gum disease and accordingly provide the appropriate treatment for your bleeding gums.
If you have further questions about your gums, call Rosemont Dental in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-114 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Askari.