Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
As gum disease progresses, bacteria spreads 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.
Bleeding gums are not normal and should be addressed. If your gums bleed regularly, contact Claremont Dental Institute.
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.
At Claremont Dental Institute our dentists screen for gum disease as part of our routine dental exams. We provide comprehensive treatment options for restoring health to smiles effected by all stages of gum disease. The course of treatment will be determined by the overall health of the patients smile as well as the stage and progression of the gum disease. We combined state of the art dental technology, laser therapy, and deep cleanings to help patients repair and rebuild healthy, stable, beautiful smiles.
Healthy gums are essential for a stable, functional smile. Gum tissues help to hold teeth in place and protect the tooth root from exposure or damage. Gum disease compromises the gum tissue and causes the gum line to recede. Claremont Dental Institute offers laser treatment that promotes healing and recontours the gumline repairing damage caused by gum disease.
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:
- Chronic halitosis
- Tooth loss
- Receding gum line
- Tooth sensitivity
- Patchy red or white spots on their gums
- Swollen, tender gums
Bleeding Gums FAQs
Is Bleeding gums serious?
Bleeding gums is very common, although in some cases it is not serious. Patients’ gums may bleed with excessive contact that may irritate the soft tissue causing inflammation. Bleeding gums is a common side-effect of brushing too hard. If you find that your gums bleed consistently, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure that you do not have gum disease.
How do you treat bleeding gums?
The best way to treat bleeding gums is to practice a more regiment oral care routine. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using mouthwash. Lowering stress levels and quitting smoking can also help your gums stop bleeding. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you need to visit the dentist for treatment.
Can salt water rinse heal gum infection?
Salt water rinses are a great way to soothe and heal gum infections. Rinsing with warm salt water draws out any infection and soothes the soft tissue reducing inflammation. Although, this does not cure bleeding gums due to gum disease.
Preventing Gum Disease, Maintaining Oral Wellness
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.