Bleeding Gums Are Normal, Right?
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, know that you’re not alone.
Nearly 1 in 8 Americans claim to have teeth and mouth sensitivity and nearly half of Americans have some degree of gum disease ranging from mild to extreme.
Though it is common for gums to bleed, there is actually a need for concern.
Bleeding gums can be an early sign of periodontitis (gum disease) and should be taken seriously.
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Here’s how you can minimize bleeding gums:
Floss & Brush Your Way To Better Gums!
Flossing and brushing your teeth may seem counterintuitive since they cause your gums to bleed, but it actually helps remove the source of the infection which cause them to bleed in the first place.
Regular oral hygiene can clean away plaque which, combined with the bacteria in your mouth, can create tartar buildup, eventually leading to gum disease.
The mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis, which causes gums to bleed. Brushing at least two times and day and flossing daily can minimize your chances of developing gum disease and stop gums from bleeding.
What If I Don’t Step It Up?
Bacteria that cause gum disease can destroy the fibers that attach your gum tissue to your teeth.
This then causes pockets to form around your teeth and gums, which collect more bacteria and worsens the state of gum disease. Eventually, the teeth will only be held in by gum attachments, making it very painful to chew and even causing teeth to fall out.
If it gets bad enough, the tooth may need to be removed. The number one reason adults have teeth removed is due to gum disease.
Bleeding gums are an early sign of gum disease and should be taken very seriously.
Make An Appointment!
Visit your dentist yearly to have a professional cleaning and evaluation of your current oral health.
Dentists can clean tartar, which leads to bleeding gums and gum disease, from your teeth. This process can only be performed by a dentist and there is no at home remedy.
In addition, only a dentist can confirm the stage of gum disease that you are experiencing. Make an appointment as soon as possible to manage your bleeding gums and get a handle on early stages of gum disease.
Need a Dentist in Plano, Texas area?
Contact us today to set up your consultation with Dr. Wilhite. Doctor Wilhite has over 30 years of experience in testing and diagnosing gum disease and dental issues. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.
You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.
Call us at (972) 964-3774
David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.