Do your gums bleed during routine daily oral hygiene? Have they become red and swollen? Are you experiencing changes in the appearance of your gums?
These are the early signs of developing gum disease. Sometimes, bleeding gums are a temporary issue caused by recent mouth trauma. In any case, it is always important to be evaluated by a dentist before coming to any conclusions. Dr. Cheng provides bleeding gums treatment in westborough, MA. Schedule an appointment today so that we can evaluate your overall condition. Prompt and effective treatment of gum disease in the early stages can help you avoid more complex concerns that can impact both oral and overall health.
In addition to gum disease, there are other risk factors that can cause the gums to bleed:
- Pregnancy- hormonal changes can make the gums more susceptible to irritation and bleeding
- Certain medications, medical conditions
- Poor nutrition
- Smoking, tobacco use
The Ins and Outs of Gum Disease
When plaque has the opportunity to build up along your gum line and harden into tartar, you will be one of the many people who has some form of gum disease (periodontal disease). The disease can be broken into stages, but if you don’t visit the dentist for a professional cleaning every six months, gum disease will advance. When bacteria infect and inflame your gingival tissues, you will never be completely gum disease free again, but you can halt the infection from progressing.
Stages of Periodontal Infection
The very earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. When you have early periodontal disease, symptoms generally include:
- Bleeding gum tissue during brushing and flossing
- Tooth and gum sensitivity
- Swollen, red, puffy gum tissue.
A proper biannual dental cleaning and remaining consistent with your at-home dental self-care can make you one of the few that never even has gingivitis. If you do have gum disease, however, don’t panic. Periodontal disease is more seriously, but still very treatable. Without prescribed treatment, your infection can turn into periodontitis (severe gum disease) which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
Treatment for Gum Disease in Westborough
How do I get my gums to stop bleeding? We can provide experienced, comprehensive care for all stages of gum disease. We screen for the early signs of gingivitis during all routine preventive care exams to help our patients avoid advanced gum disease and other complex dental problems. After evaluating your oral health, our team can offer a personalized treatment plan to address periodontal disease and maintain healthy gums. We take into consideration your overall health, medical conditions you may have and lifestyle habits that affect your oral health.
Treating gum disease can be as simple as the use of antibacterial rinses to reduce bacteria and as involved as oral surgery to remove and repair damaged tissue. Depending on your needs, we will recommend appropriate care and coordinate with specialists as necessary. The goal is to restore healthy gums that can serve as a support for long-term oral health and overall physical well being.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Diligent daily oral hygiene is essential if you want to avoid eventual tooth loss from severe gum disease. Brush your teeth every morning and night with fluoridated toothpaste. Flossing daily should not be neglected, as removing plaque from in between your teeth and far down at the gum line is a job your toothbrush won’t be able to complete alone. To further decrease your risk of periodontal disease, don’t smoke (or use any form of tobacco), and try not to drink excessively. Both of these behaviors lead to a much higher risk of various infections.
If you are genetically predisposed to periodontal disease, we will work with you to develop a personalized plan to minimize your risk. More frequent dental cleanings and the use of specific oral care products at home may be recommended to help you stabilize and maintain your dental health. Schedule a periodontal checkup today!
Bleeding Gums FAQs
Is my toothbrush causing my gums to bleed?
It is possible. We recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating gums. A medium or firm/hard bristled tooth brush may seem like it is cleaning your teeth better, but it can also lead to bleeding gums. Using a soft bristle toothbrush twice a day is all that is needed to thoroughly clean your gums and teeth. Also, remember to change your toothbrush often and floss daily.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a clear substance that is constantly forming on your teeth. It is soft and sticky and easily removed with regular teeth brushing. If it is not properly removed often, it can lead to gum irritation. Gum irritation from poor oral hygiene is known to cause bleeding gums. Plaque that remains on the teeth can harden into a substance called tartar and lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Can stress cause my gums to bleed?
Yes. High levels of stress can lead to many dental issues. Stress is a known cause of inflammation in your blood vessels. Swelling soft mouth tissue can make your gums more susceptible to gum disease. Too much stress can make it difficult for your body to fight off an infection that is causing your gums to bleed. Also, stress often leads to bad habits such eating poorly or not caring for your oral health properly.