Do your gums bleed while you floss and brush? If so, don’t just ignore it. Bleeding gums should be taken seriously. To that end, here’s what you need to know:
Gums do not normally bleed, even with vigorous brushing. But if they do, it may be one of the signs of gum disease. Watch for other signs such as tender or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, mouth sores, loose teeth, or receding gums.
Gum disease is:
•Also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease.
•A bacterial infection that can destroy your gums, damage your teeth and result in tooth loss. It has also been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
•Primarily caused by poor dental hygiene, as well as being pregnant, having diabetes, smoking, or eating a diet which consists of too many carbs and sugary foods or drinks.
What should you do if your gums bleed?
•Gum disease is a frightening prospect because of its serious effects, but there are things you can do to recover and stop it from progressing.
•Call and schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can determine how far the infection has progressed and what type of recovery treatment is necessary.
•You will need a professional dental cleaning.
•You may even need a deeper cleaning, which is called “scaling.”
•If the problem is more serious, you may need medication or surgery.
•If the problem is manageable, there are steps you can take on your own to treat and prevent gum disease:
•At a minimum, rinse your mouth with water after eating; brush if possible.
•Floss at least once a day, more often while you’re recovering from gum disease.
•Rinse your mouth with a non-alcohol based mouthwash.
•Avoid sugary foods and beverages.
•Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
If it’s been too long since your last dental exam and cleaning, call to request a consultation appointment, today. Our goal is helping you keep and enhance a beautiful smile: 973-328-1225.