Bleeding GumsAn Overview
At some point, practically everyone will experience bleeding gums. If you experience persistent bleeding gums, contact our dental office because you may be experiencing early signs of gum disease. Dr. Roham Rafat is a periodontist near Hunt Valley, Sparks and Phoenix, MD. We offer periodontal therapy for patients experiencing bleeding gums and all stages of gum disease.
Gum disease is the most chronic dental condition affecting American adults. Three-quarters of adults have some form of gum disease. When treated early, gum disease is easy to cure. Routine visits to the dentist for screening and professional teeth cleaning can help you intercept problems in the early stage and avoid complicated treatment.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease has several stages. The earliest stage is called Gingivitis, characterized by an inflammation of the gums. Symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease may include:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Sore gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
Why Do My Gums Bleed?
There are a couple of reasons why your gums are bleeding while brushing your teeth, or eating foods. The most common reason is mentioned above, but there may be other reasons. Ask yourself the following questions to get to the root of the cause.
Am I brushing too hard? Pushing down on your toothbrush too hard while you brush your teeth can cause gum irritation and bleeding. Try using a soft-bristle toothbrush and push lightly.
Do I eat too many hard snacks? Foods like tortilla chips can scratch your gums and cause bleeding. They can also get stuck between your gums and tooth roots, causing infections. Try flossing after eating these hard foods to prevent inflammation.
Are my medications affecting my oral health? You may be taking over-the-counter or prescribed medications that cause your gums to bleed or recede. Certain medications can cause gum inflammation, and contribute to the progression of periodontal disease. Consult with your physician or prescribing doctor for more information.
Always consult with a dental professional before coming to any conclusions. Valley Dental Health is your local dentistry dedicated to improving your long-term oral health.