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Bleeding Gums

Q: What’s causing my bleeding gums?

A: Bleeding gums are just one symptom, among others, of a larger oral health condition known as periodontal disease, or gum disease. Conservative estimates from medical experts suggest that as much as 80% of the population has some form of gum disease. What’s more, gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults, while recent medical studies have tied gum disease to a range of other health problems, including:

  • Heart attacks
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Complications with diabetes or pregnancy

To prevent gum disease and bleeding gums, see your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. You should also follow a thorough brushing and flossing routine at home. Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash are all good steps to take if you want to enjoy a healthier smile and better overall wellbeing.

But gum disease isn’t the only explanation for bleeding gums. In some cases, bleeding gums are caused by simply brushing or flossing too hard. Using a brush with softer bristles, or just monitoring how vigorously you brush or floss, may alleviate problems with bleeding gums.

Regardless of what might be causing it, though, seeing a dentist is important. It takes an experienced eye to correctly diagnose bleeding gums. At our emergency dental offices, our team has the knowledge and experience needed to help you understand your oral health and propose an effective solution.

Have you noticed bleeding when you brush or floss? Don’t hesitate to call one of our offices immediately.

Q: If gum disease is causing my bleeding gums, how can it be treated?

A: If one of our doctors determines that your bleeding is caused by gum disease, we’ll work with you to provide a treatment solution to help you now and in the future. What exactly your treatment will be will depend on how severe your condition is. Every patient can benefit from spending extra time at the bathroom sink each morning and each night. Brushing and flossing as thoroughly as possible is the best way to protect your smile on a daily basis.

As effective as home care can be, though, more serious cases will require more comprehensive care. Many dental offices today are using laser dentistry to treat gum disease. Laser dentistry is a less invasive, more comfortable solution to gum disease therapy that helps patients improve their oral health and promises a shorter recovery period. That’s because laser dentistry doesn’t use a scalpel or stitches. Instead, it uses a laser to heal as it cleans.

When a dentist performs one form of periodontal therapy or another, what they’re trying to do is rid the smile of infection, but also the bacteria and plaque that caused the infection in the first place. As such, some forms of periodontal therapy will also include the use of antibiotics, in addition to laser dentistry or scaling and root planing. Regular checkups and cleanings are another great defense against the buildup of the bacteria and plaque responsible for gum disease in all of its forms, and can help you prevent bleeding gums before they start.

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