Bleeding gum tissue does not occur spontaneously; there is always a reason. The wrong tooth brush, using too much pressure when brushing, or the onset of gum disease can result in bleeding gums. The correct response when this condition exists is a visit with your periodontist to determine the cause and provide a solution.
Patients should use a soft bristle tooth brush; many patients mistakenly believe they need to remove plaque from teeth so they scrub them hard. This can do more harm by permanently damaging dental enamel and creating premature gum recession.
Using even pressure with a soft bristle brush generally produce the best results. A fluoridated tooth paste may be recommended. An electronic tooth brush allows the patient to receive a thorough cleaning with each use by merely guiding the brush throughout the mouth and letting it do the work. Another benefit with an electronic tooth brush is most come with a timer that encourages brushing for the recommended two minutes.
If gum tissue bleeding persists, your periodontist will assess your condition to verify if you have developed gingivitis, the onset of gum disease.
Gum tissue should be pink and firm; if your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, this should signal a trip to see the dentist.
Other indicators that your bleeding gums may be due to problems other than firm brushing include:
- Chronic bad breath: This does not always provide a definitive answer as bad breath can also be a sign of nasal, throat, or tonsil infections. A professional diagnosis is needed.
- One or more teeth feel loose: Or if it feels like teeth are pulling away from gums, it is critical at this juncture to see the periodontist for treatment. Gum disease does not always impact the entire mouth, so if just one or two teeth are problematic, treatment is indicated.
- Discomfort: An ache is an indicator so if pain is persistent or lasts more than a day or two, see your dentist.
Gum disease often starts with bleeding gums. If left unchecked, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a much more serious condition that can lead to tooth loss.
Prevention is achieved with daily flossing; brushing teeth at least twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste; and visiting your dentist every six months for a complete cleaning and exam.
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, call 214-522-9700 to schedule an appointment with our experienced periodontal team today.