Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush my teeth?
It is not normal for gums to bleed on a regular basis. If your gums bleed daily while you brush or floss, you may be exhibiting signs of advancing gum disease. By the time your gums begin to bleed, the disease-causing bacteria have already started to spread and may compromise your oral health. Consider seeking periodontal therapy treatment options before it’s too late.
What causes gums to bleed?
Gum disease is a bacterial infection. Bacteria multiply and spread, forming deep pockets in the gums. As the infection progresses, the bacteria growth causes the gums to become inflamed. The inflamed gums start to swell and pull away from the teeth. Gums become sensitive and may easily bleed when brushing and flossing. Gum disease also makes patients susceptible to gum recession, halitosis, and even tooth loss.
Long-term, periodontal disease will impact the patients overall well being and health. Patients with advanced gum disease are more susceptible to systemic disease. Gum disease leads to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, or strokes.
How to Treat Bleeding Gums
Owings Mills Dental Care helps patients avoid developing gum disease through preventive dentistry and encouraging good oral hygiene habits. For patients with advanced gum disease, Dr. Chibb offers periodontal therapy treatment options. Our dental care team recommends that everyone should visit the dentist at least once every six months. Although, patients with gum disease may consider visiting more frequently.
Dr. Chibb will visually evaluate the gums for signs of developing gum disease. Early intervention is critical to prevent the advancement of periodontal disease.
Our Owings Mill, MD dentist office offers periodontal therapy options for treating gum disease. A personalized consultation will determine which treatment options will provide optimal results. Dr. Chibb will help patients clean their gums and restore their oral health.
Stop Bleeding Gums At Home
Do you want to try and stop your gums from bleeding before visiting Dr. Chibb? Although we always recommend seeing a dentist for an expert opinion, there are ways you can prevent your gums from bleeding regularly. Try these tips to stop your gums from bleeding before visiting a dentist.
- Brush lightly. Examine your tooth brushing routine and ask yourself: “Am I pushing too hard on my toothbrush and scratching my gums, causing them to bleed?”
- Use a softer bristle toothbrush. Sometimes, a person’s mouth is more sensitive than others. Try using a soft ADA approved toothbrush.
- Switch to a healthier diet. Eating hard foods like potato chips too often can cause small lacerations to your gums. This lets bacteria in more easily and can cause oral diseases to flourish.
- Medications can affect your gum health. Medicines like blood pressure medications and blood thinners can cause inflammation, bleeding, and periodontal disease. Always talk to your doctor about the side-effects of prescription medications. Always consult with your doctor before you stop taking any medications.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are looking for a dentist in the Baltimore area, contact Owings Mills Dental Care at 410-314-9546 or request an appointment online. Our dental care team provides compassionate, modern, preventative dentistry in a comfortable environment. We welcome new patients from Owings Mills, Pikesville, Reisterstown, Randallstown, Windsor Mill, Woodlawn, surrounding Baltimore communities.