Are your gums bleeding regularly? Do they feel swollen?
Gums that bleed, appear red and swollen, or are increasingly sensitive are common signs of developing gum disease. This issue should be addressed as soon as possible. Gum disease is progressive and left untreated will slowly impact the health and function of your entire oral system, including the structure of the teeth.
What’s Causing your Gums to Bleed?
There are many factors that contribute to bleeding gums. Some are easily preventable and treatable, while others require medical intervention. Some reasons you are experiencing this common issue can include:
- Lack of a daily tooth brushing routine
- Not using mouthwash regularly
- A symptom of a medication you are taking
- Not flossing enough
- An unhealthy diet or too many sugary foods
- Brushing your teeth too hard
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer personalized, experienced bleeding gums treatment with periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease. We can work with you to restore the health of your gums in a timely manner. Treatment options can range from the use of an antibacterial rinse to oral surgery depending on the condition of your gums and any damage that may have occurred.
Why Treat Bleeding Gums?
The gums are the foundation of your oral structure and support healthy, stable teeth. They also play an important role in the maintenance of your overall health and wellness. Gums serve as a barrier between harmful bacteria present in the mouth and the bloodstream. If bacteria gets into your bloodstream, it can circulate throughout your body and lead to systemic inflammation.
The Oral-Body Connection
The health of the gums has been proven to have an impact on overall health, and the inverse relationship can also be true if you suffer from certain medical conditions. Poor oral health can lead to an increased risk for cardiovascular and systemic disease. Left unchecked, harmful bacteria have an effect on the body and the immune system, causing internal inflammation.
Maintaining healthy gums will not only keep your smile as stable as possible but also support your overall physical wellness. For patients with medical conditions that can impact periodontal health, we offer individualized care and advice to help them avoid gum disease. Keeping your gums healthy will also allow for better disease management, minimizing side effects, and enabling you to enjoy the best possible quality of life.
Preventing Gum Disease
One of the most important things you can do to prevent gum disease is to visit our Silver Spring dental office twice a year, or as recommended by Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy. Routine dental care is the foundation of lifelong oral health and allows our team to spot the signs of developing oral concerns early. This is when conservative treatments are more successful, and lets us avoid more invasive treatments.
We want to monitor the health of your gum tissue and the progress of gum disease treatments to better offer personalized, at-home oral hygiene tips. For patients with chronic gum disease due to genetics or other factors, we may recommend more frequent visits for thorough cleanings and exams.
Bleeding Gums FAQs
Should I go to the dentist if my gums are bleeding often?
Frequent bleeding from gums can be a sign of a more serious issue. If you are experiencing frequent bleeding gums, go to see your dentist. They will be able to address what is causing your gums to bleed and help treat it.
How does saltwater rinse heal gum infection?
Saltwater rinse draws infection out of your gums. Warm saltwater soothes the gums, letting them heal. The best way to make a saltwater solution is to combine half a teaspoon of salt into a warm glass of water.
How can I strengthen my gums and teeth naturally?
In order to strengthen your gums, you must increase your oral care routine. Choosing a good toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride is a good way to care for your gums. Smoking is damaging to gums, so if you smoke quitting is a good way to rebuild and strengthen your gums.
Can stress cause gum bleeding?
Stress is one of the leading contributors to gum bleeding. Stress weakens patients’ immune systems, lowering the body’s ability to fight infection. This will make a patient’s gums more prone to bleeding.
Can dehydration cause bleeding gums?
Dehydration may cause gums to weaken and bleed upon contact. Dehydration increases a patient’s risk of developing cavities and infection. Drinking water before and after eating is a good way to wash any leftover food or bacteria out of your mouth while staying hydrated.