Why Do My Gums Bleed?
As gum disease progresses, bacteria spread throughout the gum line forming deep periodontal pockets. These pockets cause the gum line to pull from the surface of teeth. Gums become irritated, inflamed and sensitive to the touch. Brushing and flossing can agitate the already sensitive, inflamed gum tissue causing them to bleed.
Is Gum Disease Common?
If your gums frequently bleed while you are brushing or flossing your teeth, it may be an indication of the presences of gum disease. Gum disease is common, occurs in patients of all ages, and can commonly be prevented or managed with an improved oral hygiene routine and professional teeth cleanings.
Left untreated, gum disease can begin to impact your bodily health. Gum disease has been linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, heart attacks, and strokes. Patients with diabetes or those who are obese have a higher risk of developing gum disease.
Patients with Gum Disease Are More Prone To The Following Dental Issues:
- Chronic halitosis
- Tooth loss
- Receding gum line
- Tooth sensitivity
- Patchy red or white spots on their gums
- Swollen, tender gums
How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?
- Brushing and flossing twice a day for two full minutes is your first defense against the build-up of disease-causing oral bacteria. Daily oral hygiene removes debris and food particles and reduces the build-up of plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth. Bacteria thrive off of plaque, multiplying and spreading throughout the oral cavity. Brushing and flossing well interrupt this cycle and helps to manage oral bacteria.
- Routine dental health exams are also important in preventing oral disease. Wellness visits give you dentist an opportunity to diagnose gum disease as soon as possible preventing further deterioration of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
- Professional teeth cleanings can help clear out plaque and tartar buildup in hard to reach spaces between your teeth. Your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums. We recommend that patients get their teeth cleaned once every six months to maintain their optimal oral health.
Visit Claremont Dental Institute
If you are searching for a team of highly skilled dentists to help you with bleeding gums and live in or around Claremont, CA, visit Claremont Dental Institute. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can call (909) 277-6919 or request an appointment online.