Many patients ask the dentist about bleeding gums and whether that symptom is cause for concern. The answer, in short, is a resounding yes! Bleeding gums are never normal, and they often indicate a mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis.
Gum disease is a progressive condition, and as it advances, it causes more damage to your gum tissue. In its most severe forms, gum disease can even lead to tooth and bone loss.
Fortunately, the mildest form of gum disease can be readily treated by your dentist with a thorough professional cleaning. If you act early, you can avoid the more invasive treatments that are needed for advanced periodontal disease.
Because gingivitis can be addressed with a professional cleaning rather than some sort of surgical procedure, it’s another good reason to be sure to see your dentist every six months. When you have an exam at such brief intervals, gingivitis has less of a chance to progress into periodontitis, the more severe form of gum disease.
Because gingivitis can be addressed with a professional cleaning rather than some sort of surgical procedure, it’s another good reason to be sure to see your dentist every six months.
The routine preventive cleanings you get at these regular appointments also can help to stop gingivitis in its tracks, as they clear away bacteria that may linger despite your best efforts to keep your mouth as clean as possible.
Other symptoms of gingivitis include red or swollen gums, tenderness in the gums and bad breath. If you notice any of these signs, call our office to schedule an appointment for an exam and treatment.
Keep in mind that preventing gingivitis (or a relapse) also depends on what you do at home. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day will go a long way toward minimizing the oral bacteria that causes gum disease, including gingivitis. If you’re particularly prone to bacteria proliferation, you may want to ask if adding an anti-bacterial mouthwash would be beneficial, too.
Any bleeding in the gums is abnormal and should be evaluated by a knowledgeable professional. If you notice this symptom, contact The Dental Place at 972-264-5795 and schedule an appointment to be seen in our office as soon as possible.