Why are your gums bleeding?
- Are your gums bright red?
- Do they look swollen?
- Do they feel irritated and tender?
- Have you noticed blood in the sink after you brush and floss your teeth?
While the issue could come from multiple sources, the main culprit is likely gum disease.
Why gum disease makes your gums bleed
Gum disease begins when there’s a buildup of plaque at the gum line, causing irritation. This plaque will eventually harden into tartar.
Tartar is no friend to your oral health. It irritates your gums, causing severe inflammation and swelling — otherwise known as gum disease. So severe that when you start brushing or flossing, your gums will bleed. In extreme cases, you might find that the bleeding keeps happening throughout the day or even at the slightest touch.
No matter how much bleeding you notice, always call your dentist.
What do healthy gums look like?
Healthy gums should be pink and firm. They should be tight around your teeth, keeping them securely in place (no wobbly teeth!). Your gums should not bleed when you touch or brush them.
Do your gums always bleed with gum disease?
No, not always. Bleeding gums is a symptom of gum disease, but even if you don’t have bleeding gums, you can still suffer from gum disease.
In fact, gum disease is not always painful so you might have gum disease and not even realize it. That’s why it’s so important to have regular dental check-ups.
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Tips for preventing bleeding gums
The best way to prevent bleeding gums and avoid gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth 2x day for 2 minutes
- Floss once a day
- Avoid smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco
- Eat a balanced diet
- See your dentist every 6 months year for preventive care
Most common questions about bleeding gums
When should I be concerned about bleeding gums?
Always! While irritated gums aren’t usually an emergency, they should never be ignored. Call your dentist to let them know or bring up your concerns at your upcoming routine checkup. With gum disease, the sooner you treat it, the better.
How can you stop bleeding gums at home?
While taking preventive steps — like practicing good oral hygiene — is absolutely necessary, don’t assume you can cure your gum concerns on your own. We always recommend scheduling an appointment to make sure that whatever you’re experiencing is addressed by a dental professional. We’ve worked with so many patients who could have saved so much time, pain, and money had they visited a dentist as soon as they noticed an issue.
What do bleeding gums say about my health?
Because it’s a symptom of gum disease, bleeding gums says a lot about what’s going on inside your body. Gum disease causes dental and whole-body health risks, including:
- Higher risk of tooth decay
- Linked to diabetes and heart disease
- Linked to pregnancy complications
- Bone loss in the jaw
- Tooth loss
How do you treat bleeding gums in South Reno?
1. Temporarily reduce any discomfort in your mouth with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or a cold ice pack.
2. Request an appointment to talk to us about bleeding gum treatments with our South Reno dentist.
3. Meet with Dr. Waring to determine how to best treat your problem. We’ll answer all of your questions, and help you make the right decision.
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