Bleeding or sore gums when you brush or floss your teeth is a sign of gingivitis or periodontal (gum) disease. If you catch the disease early, it is easy to treat and even reverse. As a family dentist, Shiflet, Cox & Morgan focuses on the prevention and treatment of gum disease.
What Causes Bleeding Gums
Common causes may include:
- Aggressive brushing or flossing
- Poor dental hygiene
- Sugary or starchy foods, which cause plaque to build up and harden into tartar
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Simple treatment for bleeding gums may include switching to a softer tooth brush, or using a special mouth rinse. More frequent visits to the dentist for professional teeth cleaning can help to more effectively remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums which can cause bleeding to occur.
Bleeding gums can progress beyond Gingivitis to Gum Disease. Three out of Four adults is affected by gum disease, which is the leading cause for tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding, red, swollen, or sore gums
- Receding gums (teeth look longer)
- Loss of teeth
- Mouth sores
- Constant bad breath
If you have gum disease, a more advanced form of treatment is necessary. Shiflet, Cox & Morgan will perform deep tissue cleaning and in some cases surgery may be necessary.
Schedule a Consultation
To determine the root of your sore or bleeding gums, schedule a consultation with Shiflet, Cox & Morgan today.