Why Do My Gums Bleed?
In some cases, bleeding gums are your body’s natural response to aggressive flossing or injury to the gum tissue; in other cases, bleeding gums may be an indication of an advanced oral health concern. Bleeding gums are one of the signs of a progressive bacterial infection called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. In advanced circumstances, bacteria from periodontal disease can seep into the bloodstream and contribute to serious health concerns.
When caught early, gum disease can be addressed before any severe damage is done to the teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure. However, the longer gum disease is left untreated, and the more likely patients are to experience tooth and bone loss. Knowing the risk factors, symptoms, and prevention tips may help you avoid gum disease.
Although plaque build-up is the main cause of gum disease, these factors may also contribute to poor gum health.
Risk Factors For Gum Disease:
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Jaw Clenching and Teeth Grinding
- Poor Nutrition
At Plantation Road Dental Care, Destrehan general dentist Dr. Melanie Andrews highlights the importance of preventive dental care and patient education. Understanding the importance of preventive care can help patients avoid certain types of oral health issues that are typically caused by poor oral hygiene and unfavorable oral health habits.
Why Treat Gum Disease?
Recent studies have suggested there is a strong association between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Keeping the teeth and gums free of plaque can help reduce your risk of developing gum disease. Treating gum disease not only improve the health and your teeth and gums but it can minimize your chance of experiencing tooth loss. As noted, gum disease is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss in the United States. Early intervention may help patients avoid tooth loss and further complications associated with gum disease.
Symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
Any of these symptoms listed above may be an indication of gum disease. It is imperative that patients undergo a full dental exam to determine if gum disease is present. Dr. Andrews will recommend the best course of treatment which will depend on the progression of the disease and the overall condition of the teeth, gums, and bone structure
How To Keep Your Gums Healthy
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss daily to remove plaque build-up between the teeth
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine dental check-ups and dental cleanings
- Quit smoking
What To Do If You Have Bleeding Gums
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, we encourage you to schedule a dental exam as soon as possible. Bleeding gums is often an early warning sign of gum disease. Addressing bleeding gums in the earliest stages of development can reduce your risk of future issues in the teeth, gums, and bone structure.
Dr. Andrews and Dr. Perez can create a personalized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and restore health to the gums. We offer a full range of periodontal therapy services to address various stage of gum disease. The goal of treatment is to restore health and function to the gums.
If you are experiencing bleeding gums or any other signs of gum disease, you may need to contact our Destrehan dentist office. To schedule a gum disease screening, call (985) 231-2770 or request an appointment online.