Avoiding Bleeding Gums

Avoiding Bleeding Gums

Gum health is vital to good dental health. Bleeding gums can leave them more susceptible to infection, or gum disease, which can ultimately lead to the loss of gum tissue, teeth and even jawbone density. Gums most often bleed due to gum disease or dental trauma.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is linked to poor dental hygiene. As plaque and bacteria build up on your teeth, they irritate your gums. The inflammation can lead to swelling and bleeding.

Dental Trauma

Debris, aggressive brushing or improper flossing can injure the sensitive gum tissue and cause bleeding. Irritation and bleeding can also result from contact with teeth whitening solutions, acidic beverages and some medications.

Other Causes of Bleeding Gums

Nutritional deficiencies, certain medical problems, pregnancy and blood disorders may all lead to bleeding gums.

Bleeding gums are not normal and should not be ignored. If your gums are bleeding, a comprehensive dental evaluation with our Los Angeles dentist is in order. Our dentist will identify the cause of the bleeding and design a treatment plan that will restore your gums to health. Many times, a professional cleaning and improved dental hygiene is all that is needed. In some cases, a deep cleaning procedure and more intensive treatments may be necessary. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss daily to keep your teeth cleaner and your gums healthier.

If you have chronic bad breath, swollen gums, red gums, receding gums, pain, loose teeth, a change in bite or the way your dentures fit, visible pus along the gumline or bleeding gums, contact our dental office to schedule your appointment.