October 25, 2018
Chances are, most of us have experienced bleeding, irritated, inflamed, puffy, or sore gums at some point in our lives. Bleeding gums may be very concerning to some people, while others simply move on with their day. Here at Pacific Northwest Periodontics, it’s important to us that you’re never too careful when it comes to your oral health. Meaning, if your gums are even the slightest bit irritated, it’s best to err on the side of caution and schedule an appointment with us. Or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Let’s take a look at some of the most important things for you to know about bleeding gums.
Most People Experience Bleeding Gums
Although you may think you’re alone in experiencing bleeding, irritated gums, you’re not! Most periodontists agree that bleeding gums are an early sign of gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that can be reversed with improved oral hygiene. If you experience bleeding gums once a month or so, it could be a sign that you slacked on your brushing or flossing at some point. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over half of Americans have a mild form of gum disease.
Poor Brushing Habits Are The Main Culprit
Although there are many things that can contribute to bleeding gums like a poor diet, not flossing, and not visiting the dentist or periodontist regularly, by far the most important culprit of bleeding gums is poor brushing habits. This could mean not brushing enough, not brushing thoroughly enough, or brushing too vigorously to the point where the gums become damaged. Although many people spend a lot of time trying to find the best or most effective toothpaste, the toothbrush you choose could actually be a more important decision.
There are a lot of types of toothbrushes on the market so it’s important to find one that works best for you. Soft brushes will be easy on the gum but less effective at removing bacteria and breaking down plaque on the teeth. If you do have sensitive gums, it may be best to start with soft bristles and gradually work your way toward more stiff bristles.
It Can Progress To More Serious Diseases
Although gingivitis alone can be painful and cause your gums to bleed, it’s not enough to cause tooth loss or serious infections. It’s when gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease that it becomes a serious problem. Since periodontal disease is often painless, you may have no idea that the integrity of your teeth is under attack. This is why it’s important to catch mild forms of gum disease before they become serious. Bleeding and swollen gums are often the first sign of this.
If you’re ready to take action and prevent gum disease, speak with your local Seattle Periodontists at Pacific Northwest Periodontics. Our board-certified periodontists will take the care to examine your full oral health history and determine the best way to deal with bleeding and inflamed gums.