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Periodontal Problems

man looking at teeth in mirrorHave you ever brushed your teeth and noticed bleeding gums? While you aren’t alone, it can be a sign of a problem that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Bleeding gums may be a sign of gingivitis, a gum disease which, if left untreated, can cause serious issues, pain and be costly.

What Causes Gums to Bleed?

Infection, injury, or inflammation is the usual cause of bleeding gums. If you don’t brush or floss properly, a thin layer of plaque can form at the gum line. Gingivitis, or swelling of your gums, can quickly set in, causing the initial bleeding.

How Can I Prevent My Gums from Bleeding?

There are lots of ways to protect your gums from disease. Here are some to consider:

  • Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss after each meal; change your toothbrush frequently.
  • Avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol this can aggravate the situation.
  • Keep your diet healthy; avoid carbohydrates and sugary snacks that invite plaque buildup on teeth and gums.
  • Take necessary vitamin supplements; ask your doctor about any prescription side effects that may affect your gums.
  • Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco; obviously these can’t possibly help the situation
  • Come in for your regular exams with us.


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Gingivitis can lead to more severe periodontal gum disease, jaw bone disease and even loss of teeth if it is not addressed in its earliest stages. Please, make a call to our office if you’re experiencing any bleeding of the gums. We are always here to help you!