What Does It Mean If My Gums Are Bleeding?

What Is Causing My Gums To Bleed?

Bleeding gums are caused by inadequate plaque removal. Plaque contains germs which attack the healthy tissue around the teeth. This will cause the gums to become inflamed and irritated, which may cause them to bleed when brushing or flossing. 

First Stage Of Gum Disease

Inflamed, irritated and bleeding gums is called Gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is usually a painless condition and bleeding gums may be the only symptom. Some other signs may include swollen, red or tender gums; persistent bad breath or taste; teeth that are loose; and a change in the way your teeth fit when you bite. At this stage, the disease can be treated and completely reversed. So it is important not to ignore your bleeding gums.

Second Stage Of Gum Disease

This Plaque will eventually harden into tartar. At this point, Gingivitis has progressed into a more serious condition called Periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and may affect your overall health. Plaque that is not removed will eventually cause the gums to separate and recede from the teeth. Once your gums begin to recede, pockets can form between the teeth and gums. Germs can get trapped inside these pockets, attacking the gums and bone supporting the teeth.

Could Bleeding Gums Be Something More Serious?

Gum Disease has been linked to more serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Even men’s sexual health can be affected by gum disease. Some reports show that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the association between gum disease and these other conditions. Even more, reasons not to ignore your bleeding gums.

It is important to see Dr. Paulen at the first sign of bleeding gums. We will evaluate your condition and prescribe the best treatment for your case. In rare cases, bleeding gums can be an indication of a more serious health concern.

How To Prevent Gum Disease From Beginning

First and foremost is proper oral hygiene which included brushing your teeth twice per day for a full two minutes. Floss daily and use a mouthwash will remove any debris that was missed during brushing.

Second would be to visit Proud Smiles every 6 months for a proper cleaning and evaluation of your oral health by Dr. Paulen.

Schedule An Appointment 

Are you suffering some swollen or bleeding gums? Visit Proud Smiles for a consultation with Dr. Paulen. To make an appointment at our Sandy Springs, GA dentist office, all 404.418.7734 or request an appointment online