Bleeding Gums

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Bleeding Gums

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At Arhart Dental, our mission is to help each of our patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts them a lifetime. Dr. James Arhart and our expert team of dental specialists work with each patient on an individual level, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique dental needs and lifestyle. Equally important to the care we provide in the office is the care you take of your teeth at home, and a major part of that at-home care is being watchful for symptoms of dental decay, gum disease, and other problems. Contrary to what some may have told you, bleeding gums are one of those symptoms.

While many people falsely believe bleeding gums to be a normal phenomenon, the reality is that bleeding gums are normally a sign of early stage gum disease. While brushing and flossing too hard are both bad for the gums, they won't cause healthy gums to bleed – so if you do find your gums bleeding, it's time to kick your oral hygiene routine up a notch.

Why Do Gums Bleed?

Periodontal Disease.Bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal disease, or gum disease, which is a progressive condition with multiple stages. In the first stage, called gingivitis, you may find your gums appear red, swollen, or bleed when brushed or flossed. This happens because the gums get inflamed in response to bacteria and plaque on the teeth and in the gums. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and can be reversed with a diligent, regular oral hygiene regimen. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can progress into the next stage of gum disease: periodontitis. Periodontitis is a much more severe condition that can cause bone loss in the jaws, and eventually, tooth loss.

The main cause of gingivitis and gum disease is the presence of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. If you find your mouth bleeding, the rule of thumb is that you need to be more diligent about oral hygiene. That said, certain factors can increase one's risk of gingivitis. Heredity is a factor, as are hormones that occur during adolescence or pregnancy. In any case, though, bleeding gums should be treated as a warning sign for gum disease and met with increased oral hygiene.

How to Treat & Prevent Bleeding Gums

How to Brush Your Teeth If you find your gums bleeding, a great first step is to schedule an appointment for a professional teeth cleaning with us. This will eliminate the bacteria and plaque in your mouth, removing the irritants that are causing your gums to bleed and giving you a fresh start on dental health.

How to Floss Your Teeth

After the cleaning, you'll need to be more diligent with your oral hygiene. At a minimum, you should brush twice a day and floss daily. With a professional cleaning and increased oral hygiene, your body should be able to heal itself from mild stages of gingivitis. However, if the gum disease doesn't go away or gets worse, you may need other forms of treatment like additional cleanings or gum therapy. In any case, we'll work with you to determine the ideal treatment plan for your situation and get you back to optimal oral health.

Contact Us Today

We hope you've found this information helpful, and if you have noticed your gum bleeding, it's critical that you let us know! Feel free to call us at 952-445-3349 with any questions on your treatment or oral health, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment. We can't wait to hear from you!

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