Why Are My Gums Bleeding And What Should I Do About It?

 

shutterstock_171527912Have you ever noticed your gums bleeding while you were brushing your teeth or flossing? If this happens to you, don’t ignore it! Bleeding gums should be taken very seriously. Here’s what you need to know:

Bleeding Gums Are A Sign Of Gum Disease

Gums do not normally bleed—even brushing your teeth a little roughly should not result in bleeding gums. If your gums bleed while you brush your teeth or while you’re flossing you probably have gum disease.

 

So what is gum disease? Gum disease is also sometimes referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can destroy your gums, damage your teeth and result in tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes, so it should be taken seriously.

 

Gum disease is caused by poor dental hygiene, but being pregnant, having diabetes, smoking, or eating lots of sugary foods can increase your likelihood of getting gum disease. Bleeding gums are just one sign of gum disease—watch for other signs such as tender or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, mouth sores, loose teeth, or receding gums.

What Should You Do If Your Gums Start Bleeding?

While gum disease can be scary because of its serious effects, there are things you can do to stop it from progressing and even recover.

 

First, call your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist can determine how far the infection has progressed and what type of treatment is necessary. You’ll likely at least need a professional cleaning. Often you’ll need a deeper cleaning, which is called ‘scaling.’

 

If the problem is more serious, your dentist may recommend medication or surgery. If the problem is manageable, there are steps you can take on your own to treat and prevent gum disease:

  • Rinse out your mouth with water and brush your teeth after every meal.
  • Floss at least once a day—it may be wise to floss more often while you’re recovering from gum disease.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash that is designed to kill bacteria.
  • Avoid sugary foods and beverages that can cause buildup.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

 

To learn more about treating gum disease and other oral health issues, contact Royal Dental.

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