Are Bleeding Gums Normal?
It is easy to ignore bleeding gums during routine brushing and flossing; however, in many cases, bleeding gums is indicative of any underlying oral health issue.
Factors such as aggressive brushing, pregnancy, diabetes, inflammation, and infection can contribute to bleeding gums. One of the most common causes of bleeding gums is inflammation. Inflammation in the gums can stem from periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
Periodontal disease develops when plaque is not properly removed from the teeth and gum line. The bacteria in plaque causes an infection of the gums, which leads to issues such as inflammation, bleeding gums, swollen gums, and halitosis.
In the presence of bleeding gums, it is imperative to undergo a complete dental examination to determine the underlying cause.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
As mentioned, bleeding gums can be the result of various factors; the most common, however, being gum disease. If left untreated, advanced stage gum disease can lead to gum tissue, tooth and bone loss in the jaw.
Gum disease is a preventable and treatable oral health condition. Early intervention is ideal because the earlier gum disease is diagnosed, the less the risk of tooth and bone loss.
During the earliest stage of gum disease, also called gingivitis, you may experience signs such as bleeding, swollen, and red gums. As gum disease progresses into an advanced stage, also known as periodontitis, you may notice shifting teeth, halitosis (bad breath), periodontal pockets, gum recession and increased inflammation in the gums
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. Taking the proper steps to improve your gum health and overall health is key to avoiding gum disease.
Is Gum Disease Preventable
Proper oral hygiene, including brushing the teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly, and eliminating tobacco use are some of the top ways to prevent gum disease. It is equally important to know your risk for gum disease.
Some patients are at a higher risk of gum disease, so they have to take extra measures to maintain their gum and oral health. For example, a patient who is at high risk for gum disease may need to visit their dentist quarterly instead of biannually. The approach to preventing gum disease is unique to each patient.
Our team at the Charlotte Center For Complete Dentistry, Dr. Durning Moore can work with you to asses your risk for gum disease and create a preventive plan that is just right for you.
How To Treat Bleeding Gums
The treatment for bleeding gums depends on its root cause. If bleeding gums are the result of gum disease, we may recommend one or more of the following periodontal therapy services:
- Scaling & Root Planing
- Professional Cleanings
- Antibiotic Therapy
- Gum Surgery
- Laser Dentistry
In the earliest stages of gum disease, it may be reversed with excellent oral hygiene and professional cleanings. If gum disease progresses, you may require a more advanced form of treatment to restore your dental health.
Creating a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate diseased tissue and prevent further damage is key to restoring health and function to your gums. Charlotte restorative dentist Dr. Moore offers complete care for patients with varying stages of gum disease.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
When should I worry about bleeding gums?
Bleeding gums are common in many patients and can occur for a variety of reasons. If your gums bleed after brushing them, and you are pushing hard on your toothbrush, it is nothing to worry about.
Patients should not be extremely concerned about occasional bleeding gums, but should be concerned if gums are constantly bleeding during every brushing event. Bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease, which if caught early can be reversed.
What are the first signs of gingivitis?
The first signs of gingivitis include irritated, inflamed, and bleeding gums. Some things to look for when looking for gum disease is a dark or red coloring to your gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, and swelling in ones gums.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned, call the office today and schedule a consultation. If gingivitis is caught and treated early, it can be reversed.
Can salt water rinse heal bleeding gums?
Rinsing one’s mouth with saltwater is known to help soothe bleeding gums and reduce any swelling and irritation that one’s gums may be feeling. The best solution ratio for a saltwater rinse is to mix approximately 1/2 teaspoon of salt with a warm glass of water.
The set can help remove any bacteria and infection from one’s gums while the warm water can help reduce inflammation.