If your gums bleed frequently, this is not normal and may be a sign of a more serious oral health condition. For many patients bleeding gums are a telling sign that they have developed gum disease. Gum disease or periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. Left untreated, bacteria can spread to the bloodstream causing oral and systemic health problems.
Signs That You May Have Developed Gum Disease
- Red, swollen, and tender gums.
- Bleeding when you brush or floss.
- Receding gums, giving your teeth an elongated appearance.
- Pockets forming between teeth and gums, allowing plaque and food debris to collect.
- Recurring bad breath, or a bad taste in your mouth.
How Can I Prevent My Gums From Bleeding?
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to avoiding gingivitis and other dental problems.
- Brush Your Teeth At Least Twice Per Day
- Brushing your teeth at least twice per day for a least two minutes. If possible, brush your teeth after each meal.
- Floss Daily
- Flossing daily will help remove the food that gets lodged in between your teeth, and that is missed from brushing.
- Use Mouthwash
- Using mouthwash will remove the debris that is missed from brushed and flossing.
- Refrain from smoking or using other forms of tobacco
- Smoking and tobacco can put hard stains on your teeth that are hard to remove and can contribute to the development of gum disease.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Making sure that your toothbrush is fresh and clean is vital in your battle against gum disease.
- Visit Dr. Cain at least twice per year
- Visiting Dr. Cain every six months will help spot early signs of Gingivitis and prevent them with advice from Dr. Cain along with professional in-office cleanings that can happen in office in 30 minutes or less.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
Periodontist Dr. Robert Cain has been providing personalized and comprehensive periodontal therapy to patients in the Knoxville, TN area for over 20 years. Dr. Cain is dedicated to providing state of the art periodontal therapy through continuing education and a commitment to patient-focused dentistry. If your gums are bleeding, swollen, or you notice any changes in the fit of your bite or oral appliance, contact our Knoxville, TN dentist office or schedule a consultation online.