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.
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.
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
Bleeding Gums FAQs
How do I stop my gums from bleeding?
The best way to stop your gums from bleeding is to be consistent with your oral hygiene and take good care of your teeth and gums. Rinsing out your mouth with saltwater mixes and hydrogen peroxide is a good way to cleanse and soothe irritated gums. Stress has been shown to make gums bleed. Reducing levels of stress and taking or increasing levels of vitamin c and k will also help soothe and reduce bleeding gums.
What causes gum bleeding?
The main cause of bleeding gums is plaque buildup as a result of poor oral care. Poor oral care can lead to gingivitis. Plaque around gum can become hard and lead to inflamed, irritated and bleeding gums. Hormonal changes may also cause bleeding gums.
What is bleeding gums a sign of?
Bleeding gums are one of the main signs of gingivitis. It is also a sign of poor oral care and irritated gums. Bleeding gums are usually due to built up plaque around the gums. Bleeding gums may also be a sign of pregnancy or hormonal changes.
Should you keep brushing bleeding gums?
If your gums bleed every time when you brush them, this may be a sign of gum disease. Frequent bleeding gums upon contact is a sign to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Patients should not stop brushing because their gums are bleeding, but they should be more gentle.
Can stress cause bleeding gums?
Stress is a common cause of bleeding gums. Stress lowers the body’s ability to fight infections. This makes patients more prone to infections in the mouth, which cause gums to bleed.
Is bleeding gums an emergency?
Bleeding gums themselves are not an emergency, but many of the things that came with bleeding gums are emergencies. If you are experiencing bleeding gums it is best to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
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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.