It’s very common to notice pink or red when you spit out your toothpaste in the sink.
But why do gums bleed sometimes while brushing and flossing? Should you be concerned? Do you need to see Dr. Haendel to make sure that your oral health is protected?
Don’t panic! The team at Sol Dental is here to answer all of your questions about bleeding gums:
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
In short, inadequate oral care. If your gums are bleeding, this means that plaque isn’t being properly removed from around your teeth and your gum line. Plaque contains bacteria, which attack the healthy gum tissue around your teeth.
This bacteria buildup causes the gums to become inflamed and irritated (this condition is also known as “gingivitis”). Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, and should be treated right away to avoid more serious, advanced forms of gum disease.
If your only symptom is bleeding while brushing, and you are not experiencing pain or any other symptoms like loose teeth, your gingivitis can be reversed completely, as long as you take the next steps to protect your gums.
What Should I Do If I Have Bleeding Gums?
If you’ve started noticing that your gums bleed when brushing, here are a few steps you can take to solve the problem:
- Start brushing more often – If you only brush once a day, this is not enough. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes. You could also brush three times a day, after each meal.
- Focus on the tender area when brushing – It may be a bit painful, and the sight of blood is not pleasant, but brushing gently around the area where you feel tenderness and inflammation will help remove plaque, and reverse the effects of gum disease.
- Avoid stiff-bristled brushes – Choose a toothbrush with soft-to-medium bristles. Extremely stiff bristles can irritate even healthy gum tissue, leading to bleeding.
- Make sure you floss – Floss at least once per day. This removes plaque from in-between the hard-to-reach gaps in your teeth, and helps prevent gingivitis from progressing.
- See Dr. Jaclyn Haendel for an oral exam – If your gums continue to bleed, you should come in to see Dr. Haendel for an oral exam, especially if you have not been seeing a dentist regularly. She can clean up your teeth and gums, and ensure that you get the treatment you need to fight back against gingivitis and gum disease.
Have Questions? Need Help With Gum Disease? Visit Us Today!
Bleeding gums should not be ignored. With proper periodontal care, you can easily restore your oral health, but ignoring the issue can result in permanent and damaging gum disease. Don’t risk it!
If your gums are bleeding excessively, come see Dr. Haendel at Sol Dental right away. Our team will examine your mouth, and ensure that you get the help that you need. Contact us now for an appointment at (480) 360-3311, or stop by 2139 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282 for an in-person visit. We hope to hear from you soon!