Your gums help keep your teeth anchored in place. Although the specific shade depends on your skin tone, healthy gums are generally pink. Gums that are prone to bleeding indicate something is wrong.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
The buildup of plaque and tartar irritate the gums, resulting in inflammation and infection. If you neglect good oral hygiene and/or skip your routine cleanings at the dentist, you increase your risk for gum disease. Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Other early symptoms of gum disease include puffiness, tenderness, redness, and bad breath. As the disease progresses, your gums pull away from your teeth and form pockets that can harbor bacteria and food particles. You could lose your teeth if the disease isn’t promptly treated!
Should You See Your Dentist Right Away?
If your gums bleed more than once a month, you should schedule a dental exam very soon. We’ll check your gums and ask about your oral health habits. Although bleeding gums can be caused by brushing or flossing too hard, gum disease is more likely to be the culprit. We want to help you pinpoint the underlying reason as soon as possible!
How Are Bleeding Gums Treated?
If your gums bleed because of gum disease, you will likely need a deep cleaning at our office. This procedure, which is known as “scaling and root planing,” removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline. We can also re-contour your gums so they can reattach to your teeth. Early-stage gum disease that is caught before the disease becomes severe can usually be reversed with improved oral hygiene at home and routine professional cleanings at the dentist. The effects of more advanced cases can’t be completely reversed, but they can be managed.
Gum Disease Treatment at Southwest Smiles in Austin, Tx
Bleeding gums are one of the earliest red flags for gum disease. Please contact us right away if you’re experiencing this problem! Dr. Chittajallu will diagnose the issue and recommend how we can help you reverse or manage your symptoms.