Bleeding gums are not a “normal” condition. Even if your gums bleed “only” when you brush your teeth, this is an indication of unhealthy gums, and potential gum disease. The state of your gums reflects the health of the underlying tissues that can’t be seen, and any bleeding at any time should alert you that more serious problems lie ahead if the condition is left untreated.
What causes bleeding gums?
Generally, bleeding gums are caused by inadequate plaque removal. Plaque contains germs which attack the healthy tissue around your teeth. This will cause your gums to become inflamed and irritated, which may cause them to bleed when brushing or flossing. This is called Gingivitis, and is the first stage of gum disease.
If left untreated, Gingivitis will almost certainly lead to a far more serious condition known as Periodontitis, which can cause tooth loss, and which may affect your health in general.
To ensure the health of your teeth and gums, you should brush both. However, you would do well to remember that your gums are much more sensitive to irritation than your teeth, and that vigorous brushing can do damage to the tissue. Instead, use a gentle, circular motion with your toothbrush to massage and clean the teeth and gums. While many people use an aggressive back-and-forth motion when brushing, this can irritate and damage your gums, making them sore, and more likely to bleed or recede.
If your gums are sore or swollen, or if you experience bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, you should make an appointment to visit your dental professional right away to determine the level and seriousness of your gum disease, as well as the best form of treatment for your bleeding gums.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.