Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss my teeth?
Bleeding gums are typically an indication of gum disease. If your gums bleed on a daily basis, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Burlington, NC Fuller Dental dentist as soon as possible. Gum pain, sore gums, and gums that bleed are often present in patients who have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
By the time patients show signs of bleeding gums, the disease-causing bacteria have already begun to spread causing damage to the health of your smile. Fuller Dental provides periodontal therapy for the treatment of the varying stages of gum disease.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by the spread of harmful bacteria. Disease-causing bacteria multiply and spread, eventually entering the bloodstream. Gum disease has been linked to a wide range of oral and systemic health conditions.
A progressive disease, periodontal disease should be addressed as early as possible to avoid the development of more complex health concerns. Visiting the dentist twice a year can help your dentist diagnose gingivitis early for conservative treatment.
A common dental health concern, gum disease often goes undiagnosed until the later stages of the disease. By the time the gums begin to bleed the bacteria has likely begun to form pockets in the gum line. Inflammation and gum recession are also common during this phase of the disease. As the bacteria progress, gums can pull away from the teeth causing tooth loss, leading to bone deterioration.
Other Reasons Gum Bleed
Bleeding gums commonly flare up during hormonal shifts. Pregnant patients should visit the dentist during their pregnancy to monitor the health of their gums. Pregnancy gingivitis is common, and if treated proactively, can be avoided. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, but be extra cautious around sensitive gum tissue to prevent bleeding.
It is important to maintain routine visits to our Burlington, NC dentist office during pregnancy to monitor gum health. It is important to use a soft bristle tooth brush and keep a consistent routine of flossing to avoid bleeding gums.
Bleeding gums can also be caused for other reasons such as aggressive flossing and brushing, dentures that do not fit correctly and certain medications.
Treating Gum Disease
If you notice that your gums are bleeding, swollen or tender to the touch, reach out to your dentist. Fuller Dental offers individualized dental care for your dental health concerns including many customized treatment plans for gum disease. We may recommend extra preventive care, anti-bacterial rinses, or scaling and root planning to help combat your periodontal disease.
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