Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss my teeth?
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. Bleeding gums should be addressed by Knoxville, TN periodontist Dr. Robert Cain as soon as possible for a chance at a conservative treatment of gum disease.
Protecting Your Gum Health
Healthy gums are part of a stable oral foundation. Your teeth rely on healthy gum tissue to help keep them properly aligned. Your gums also help protect the root structure of your teeth. When gums are infected with bacteria they may be unable to do their job. Gum disease can cause chronic halitosis, teeth to shift and even lead to tooth loss. Patients with gum disease are more susceptible to tooth decay
Once the infection spreads to the bloodstream patients are also at a higher risk of developing systemic diseases such as inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Healthy gums and teeth are the foundation of a beautiful and functional smile.
There are some extraneous factors that could impact the health of your gums and may make you more vulnerable to developing gum disease. Factors affecting your periodontal health can include:
- Lifestyle and dietary habits
- Tobacco use
- Medical conditions
- Certain medications
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
In order to effectively treat your bleeding gums, Dr. Cain must address the root of the problem. If gum disease is the cause of the bleeding, Dr. Cain offers periodontal therapy and treatments that can help restore your gum health. Early diagnosis is essential for conservative treatment. After a comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Cain will be able to help build a treatment plan specifically tailored to your oral health needs. Some treatment options include:
- Periodontal Scaling
- Root Planing
- Tissue Regeneration
Dr. Cain is a Knoxville area LANAP® provider. LANAP is a laser therapy for the treatment of advanced gum disease, even in patients who may have been told that their situation is “hopeless” by another dentist. LANAP can enable you to restore gum health without the need for oral surgery.
Biannual dental check-ups at our Knoxville, TN periodontal office can help you keep your gums healthy and oral bacteria in check. Comprehensive dental exams include a thorough professional dental cleaning that can reach spots regular brushing can not. Daily brushing and flossing are always essential in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. If you have any questions about proper techniques or need advice on the right products for your oral health our compassionate dental care team will be happy to advise.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
Can pregnancy cause my gums to bleed?
Yes, gum bleeding can be a sign of pregnancy. Almost half of pregnant women report red, swollen sensitive gums. Its medical term is pregnancy gingivitis. The hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body while she is pregnant can make your gums hypersensitive to any bacteria and plaque, causing inflammation and sensitivity .
Can a poor diet cause bleeding gums?
Poor diet or lack of vitamins can cause bleeding gums. Being deficient in vitamin c and k can be directly responsible for your gum sensitivity or bleeding. Taking vitamins or supplements of these, or eating foods high in vitamins may help if you are experiencing bleeding gums and think you may have a vitamin deficiency.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Bleeding gums are often a direct result of built up plaques. Plaque is full of germs and bacteria that attack the healthy soft tissue in your gums. When the gums have plaque it can begin to harden and the bacteria will begin to attack them. This causes them to become red and inflamed which may cause them to bleed.
Choosing a Periodontist in Knoxville, TN
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.