Why Do Gums Bleed?

ThinkstockPhotos-465695921If your gums are bleeding you may have scratched your gums on crunchy food or you may have flossed too vigorously. As long as the bleeding is minimal and does not occur frequently, there is little need for any concern. However, if you are experiencing bleeding gums on a regular or daily basis, they may be a sign of a more serious dental health concern. New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard recommends patients experiencing frequent bleeding gums to schedule a visit the dentist.

How Do I know If I have Gum Disease?

Bleeding gums is a common sign of gum disease. Gum disease is a common advanced dental concern caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. Gum disease is progressive and when left untreated can lead to systemic health concerns. It is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent gum disease from developing into more complex concerns.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. This common but mild form of gum disease affects more than half of the population. Gingivitis can cause swollen, bleeding or irritated gums and often can be detected by chronic halitosis. Regular dental cleanings can help to keep gingivitis under control by removing plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums.

Periodontitis is advanced gum disease that has been linked to serious medical conditions like heart disease, inflammation and Alzheimer’s. Diagnosing and treating periodontitis as early as possible can help prevent the need for costly and time consuming restorative dental procedures- and even tooth loss. Dr. Hoard offers routine dental cleanings, scaling and root planing and laser dentistry for the treatment of periodontist.

Know The Signs of Gum Disease Bluffton

  • Bleeding gums or red, swollen or sore gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tooth Loss
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

Schedule A Consultation

Daily oral hygiene is key to maintaining a healthy smile. Brushing and flossing twice a day can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Just make sure you are not brushing or flossing too hard. Routine oral health is the best prevention against developing gum disease. Bi annual dental check ups can also help keep your teeth and gums in top shape, and allows for early detection and intervention of advanced oral health concerns. If you think you may have gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard for a complete oral health checkup.