If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have periodontal disease. Periodontitis is a gum infection that can damage the gums and even cause tooth loss in the most severe cases. The condition develops from the infection of gum tissue.
Plaque can inflame the gums which causes them to bleed easily. As the infection progresses, pockets form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and may also be to blame for other dental problems that impact the teeth and gums.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
Gum disease also can increase your risk of developing these conditions:
- Gum swelling
- Loose teeth
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
- Gum recession
- Shifting teeth
- Cardiovascular disease
- Heart attacks
Removing gum disease at the source can help combat these issues and hopefully help reverse damage. Call 847.660.6603 today for treatment at Best Dental Spa. Dr. Dhara Patel and her team will work with you through every step of the treatment process to ensure your comfort.
Preventing and Treating Gum Disease
You should schedule a visit with our professional team twice a year so that we can check the health of your teeth and gums. If you have noticed bleeding gums or any of the other signs of gum disease please schedule an appointment at our office for a check-up. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, it is important to catch gum disease early on before the infection spreads and leads to more oral health problems.
Gum disease can be treated with antibacterial rinses, periodontal therapy, gum surgery, or scaling and root planing. Dr. Patel will assess your teeth and gums before treatment in order to determine which option works best for you.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
Can bleeding gums be cured?
Bleeding gums can be cured over time. There are some things patients can do that help speed up the gum rejuvenation process. The best thing patients can do is rinse with saltwater. This helps relieve any infection in the gums, and soothes irritation.
How can I strengthen my gums and teeth naturally?
Patients can strengthen their gums at home by practicing a consistent oral routine. Purchasing an electric toothbrush is a good way to give your gums extra attention. Flossing in between each pair of teeth helps remove plaque which can cause infections and bleeding. Using mouthwash is also a good way to strengthen your gums from home.
What foods heal bleeding gums?
Changes in your diet can help change your gum health. Eating lots of fruit and being sure to get your greens is a good way to get your gum health in check. Increasing your water intake is not only good for your gums, but for your entire body. Eating foods that have high levels of fiber is another way to strengthen your gums.
What do Bleeding gums indicate?
Bleeding gums may indicate a variety of issues, some more concerning than others. It is most commonly caused by poor oral care and plaque buildup on teeth. It also may be caused by hormonal changes, or pregnancy. Gingivitis is another common cause for bleeding gums. If you are experiencing bleeding gums frequently it is a good idea to get in to see your dentist as soon as possible to discuss what may be the cause.
Can stress cause gums to bleed?
Stress has been shown to weaken the entire body’s immune system. This makes your gums more prone to bleed, and to infection.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Gum Evaluation Today
Call 847.660.6603 for treatment at Best Dental Spa in the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates areas. You can also schedule a dental appointment online with our professional staff. Whether your oral health problems are caused by periodontitis or another dental condition, our team will work to find the appropriate solution.