Bleeding Gums

Your dental health is our priority at Smith Family Dentistry. It’s our sincerest goal to do all we can to help you attain optimal oral wellness so that you’ll be able to keep your natural teeth for your entire lifetime. However, there are many different oral problems that can act contrary to that – one of these being bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding, we recommend that you stop by to see your South Charleston general and cosmetic dentist for a checkup as soon as possible.

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

Periodontal Disease.

Gums that are red, swollen or bleeding may be caused by a mild form of gum disease, known as gingivitis. This is an inflammatory reaction to a bacterial plaque that can build up at the gum line when a person isn’t maintaining an effective daily oral hygiene regimen. This gum inflammation is a sign that your body’s immune system is attempting to get rid of these disease-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, these gum tissues aren’t likely to heal as long as the plaque remains on the teeth. In fact, this disease can even worsen into a more serious problem known as periodontitis, which causes bone loss around the teeth. When this condition is left untreated, periodontitis can eventually result in loose teeth or even tooth loss.

Who Is Most Prone to Gingivitis

While the irritants in plaque are responsible for causing the bleeding, some people can be even more prone to developing gingivitis and bleeding gums. Some factors that can cause this include heredity, hormones (especially for pregnant women), and those undergoing puberty.

Treatment & Prevention

How to Brush Your Teeth

If your gums have been bleeding, we recommend visiting your Charleston dentist for a dental exam and a professional cleaning. This will temporarily get rid of hardened plaque deposits, known as tartar or calculus, and other bacterial toxins that become ingrained into your tooth-root surfaces.

If you have just a mild case of gingivitis, your gums should heal after a thorough professional cleaning. If not, additional cleanings or other periodontal therapy may be recommended to you. Since gum disease has been linked to other serious inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it’s important for you to go through with your treatment recommendations.

Preventing Bleeding Gums

After your gums have been treated by your Charleston dentist, you should then boost your oral hygiene regimen in order to help prevent your bleeding gums from reoccurring. Make sure to brush a minimum of twice each day using a soft brush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste. You’ll also want to floss at least once every other day as brushing by itself won’t remove enough plaque to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. We’ll be glad to go over proper brushing and flossing techniques with you if you would like.

How to Floss Your Teeth

Contact Your Dentist in Charleston and South Charleston Today!

If you have any further questions, please contact us with any of your concerns. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your South Charleston general and cosmetic dentist, you can do so by giving us a call at (304) 343-9131. We hope to hear from you soon and help you attain optimal oral wellness!

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