Gum bleeding is not a normal condition. Even if your gums only bleed while you are brushing your teeth, this may be an indication of gum disease. The state of your gums mirrors the condition of the underlying oral structures.
At Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake, Virginia, we know that the health of your gums is vital in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy and offer numerous treatment options for gum disease.
Here are a few common reasons why your gums may be bleeding:
Improper Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing daily is crucial for healthy teeth and gums. However, an incorrect technique or toothbrush can make your gums bleed. Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently to avoid irritation if you have sensitive gums. Flossing can, at times, cause gums to bleed if you are not used to it.
If your gums are swollen or inflamed and you have foul breath, you may have gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum disease and it causes gum bleeding due to bacterial buildup. This disease is progressive and can eventually lead to tooth loss.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. O can offer treatments like teeth cleaning or scaling and root planing to remove plaque buildup from your teeth and gums, as well as fluoride treatments to provide additional protection.
Gum disease can be prevented by following good oral hygiene practices at home, including brushing and flossing correctly, limiting the intake of sugary foods and drinks, and drinking plenty of water.
Anticoagulant or antiplatelet medication that prevents blood clotting or thins the blood can also cause your gums to bleed.
Gums can bleed following dental treatments, especially procedures involving oral surgery and gum incisions. In such cases, bleeding should only be temporary and managed by applying pressure to the site. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.
A dry mouth occurs when your saliva flow decreases. This causes your gums to become more vulnerable to bacterial attacks and can cause swollen and bleeding gums.
If your mouth is often dry or you have trouble swallowing, seek professional help. You should also tell your dentist about any health conditions or medications you are taking. They may advise consulting your doctor and changing your prescription.
To learn more about our bleeding gums and gum disease treatments, visit Alencar Family Dentistry at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320, or call (757) 546-0301.