May 1, 2020

Why Are My Gums Bleeding & What Can I Do About It?

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 7:38 pm

close up of bleeding gums in need of periodontal therapyDo your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth? It can be startling to see blood on your toothbrush or dental floss after using them, but this symptom is often relatively painless on its own. However, your gums may be warning you of a serious underlying issue if they bleed easily. Here’s what might be causing your gums to bleed and what you can do to restore your oral health.

What is Causing My Gums to Bleed?

Unfortunately, a wide variety of factors can cause bleeding gums. A few of the most common include:

  • Brushing too hard.
  • Poorly fitting dentures or other dental appliances.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy.
  • Vitamin K or C deficiency.
  • Leukemia (blood cancer).

The first step in treating your bleeding gums is to discover what is causing them. Your dentist can help you evaluate your symptoms and hone in on the underlying issue.

What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?

The most common cause of bleeding gums is an oral health condition known as periodontal disease. Also known as gum disease, this bacterial infection impacts well over half of the US population and is cited as the leading cause of tooth loss in America. When plaque builds up in the mouth, the bacteria it contains will attack and infect the gum tissue over time. The earliest stage of this infection is called gingivitis, which typically causes:

  • Inflamed, tender, and easily bleeding gums.
  • Chronic bad breath.
  • Receding gums.

If gingivitis is left untreated and allowed to progress into periodontitis, permanent damage can occur. The bacteria will eventually damage the jawbone and cause bone loss, destroy the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place to cause tooth loss, and potentially spread to other parts of your body and increase your risk of respiratory infection, heart disease, and other systemic health concerns.

What Can I Do to Fix My Gum Health?

Thankfully, gum disease can be completely reversed with early treatment. While you should see your dentist right away for examination, you can also treat your bleeding gums at home by:

  • Brushing your teeth for a full two minutes twice a day and flossing between all your teeth daily.
  • Eating a low-sugar, vitamin-rich, and nutritious diet.
  • Rinsing your mouth regularly with specialized mouthwash or saltwater.
  • Using an ultra-soft bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive, non-whitening toothpaste.
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for routine dental checkups.

Remember, bleeding gums could be an early warning sign of an issue that needs urgent treatment. Talk to your dentist right away and get back to enjoying a happy, healthy smile!

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental, our highly experienced dentists work hard to help their patients prevent any oral health issues before they have a chance to begin. With thorough preventive treatments and checkups, they can spot and stop a wide variety of issues before they cause unnecessary damage or discomfort. However, if any signs of gum disease are detected, they also offer several treatments options to quickly and comfortably restore your gum health. If you have bleeding gums, don’t hesitate to contact them via their website or their Red Oak office at (972) 672-0896

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