Do your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth?
You may be showing symptoms of early developing gum disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when the bacteria found in plaque builds up. Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, can also precede gum disease if teeth are not properly treated. Gingivitis and periodontitis are preventable and treatable. Although this is a common dental issue among patients, it is important to know the signs before receiving dental treatment.
Signs of Gum Disease
There are multiple common signs of gum disease to look out for before problems progress:
- Tender Gums
- Shifting Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Bleeding Gums
- Mouth Sores
- Halitosis (Bad Breath)
In addition to these problems, there are also some risk factors to consider.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
You may be more prone to gum disease if you have the following prerequisites:
- Smoking and Tobacco Use
- Teeth Clenching and Grinding
- Certain Medications
- Heart Disease
- Poor Nutrition
Despite these symptoms and risk factors, there is treatment to help combat gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatment
After examining the teeth and gums, Dr. Brock Hyder will begin periodontal therapy. This includes the process of scaling and root planing. This process consists of a deep cleaning which keeps infection out. Dr. Hyder may also use antibacterial rinses or restorative dentistry in severe cases of gum disease. Patients who have chronic gum disease or conditions like diabetes can receive care that is personalized to their needs. Preventative care that includes regular brushing and flossing plays a big role in preventing dental problems like gum disease.
Schedule an Appointment for Treatment
Treat gum disease at the source. Call Payette Dental at 208.243.9807. Dr. Hyder and his team are happy to provide their patients with comfortable and comprehensive dental care.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
When should I get worried about bleeding gums?
Bleeding gums are a fairly common thing for people to see. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be worried. If you brush a bit hard and notice bleeding gums that day, it may not be something to be concerned about. But if you notice this happening multiple times in a month, it’s time to make a dentist appointment.
Are bleeding gums considered an emergency?
If you notice bleeding gums, you don’t need to be seen immediately. However, that doesn’t mean you should let them go. Gum disease is a chronic condition that progressively gets worse. It can have pretty severe side effects, including tooth loss and an increased risk of heart disease. Make sure you’re still scheduling an appointment to get them checked out, but it doesn’t have to be immediate.
How can I avoid bleeding gums?
The best way is just to keep up with your oral health. Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. When you’re at your dental appointment, talk to us about any concerns. We can help recommend products like toothpaste and mouthwash that are meant to keep your gums healthy.