Is it normal for my gums to bleed while I brush?
If you notice bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth, it may be a sign of periodontal disease (gum disease). One of the most common indications of an early or advanced stage of periodontal disease is bleeding gums. Gum disease is defined as a progressive bacterial infection of the gum tissue. Gum disease is usually the result of bacteria in plaque and tartar that makes their way to the gum line.
When gum disease is left untreated, it can compromise the health and function of the gums, teeth, and bone structure. Early detection of gum disease can help reduce your risk of developing a more advanced dental concern.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of gum disease may help you get the care you need. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Deckard.
Common Signs of Gum Disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Missing teeth
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- Receding Gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Tenderness or pain in the gums
Gum Disease Prevention
We empathize with the importance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Gum disease remains one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Gum disease is considered a preventable oral health concern. It is important for patients to find ways to protect their teeth and gums and reduce their risk of developing serious oral health concerns.
Risk factors that may affect your gum health:
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor nutrition
Understanding your risks and finding ways to reduce your risks may help patients avoid the development of gum disease. Practicing routine dental care can help improve your oral and gum health. Developing and maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine and scheduling routine visits to the dentist can vastly improve your oral health and minimize your risk of developing complex dental concerns.
Treating Bleeding Gums
Washington, DC dentist Dr. Deckard offers a complete range of periodontal therapy services that can be tailored to meet each patients’ individual needs. Dr. Deckard may combine restorative dental services, oral surgery, and bacterial rinses, and scaling and root planing treatments to create the most effective solution for your needs. The type of treatment received is dependent on the stage of disease and the degree of damage to the teeth, gums, and bone structure.
Bleeding Gum FAQs
Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I floss?
No. While it may seem like it’s more acceptable when you’re flossing, bleeding gums are a sign that you could have further issues with your oral health.
How do I prevent bleeding gums and gum disease?
It all starts with oral hygiene. Make sure you’re brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that isn’t hard on your gums and replace it every three months. Avoiding habits like smoking or any tobacco use are also ideal to keep your mouth healthy.
Are there certain kinds of toothpaste I can use to prevent gum disease?
There are no specific toothpaste brands or formulas that can completely treat gum disease. However, your dentist can recommend optimal toothpaste options to help with your gum health.