Should I Worry When My Gums Bleed?

Should I Worry When My Gums Bleed?

Gingivitis, or gum disease in its early stages, can be detected by a small spot of blood on your toothbrush or floss. If your gums have been bleeding for a while, you may already have periodontitis, a significant gum infection.

Contact Nataly Vilderman, DDS, located in San Francisco, California, if you notice bleeding gums. You and your family are in good hands with our cosmetic and family dental specialists.

Let’s discuss why bleeding gums should worry you.

Gum health is crucial 

A healthy mouth is more than just white and sparkling teeth. Your gums act as a barrier, preventing inflammation that can harm your body. Your gums and bones surrounding and supporting your teeth are essential to periodontal health. 

Bleeding gums are a sign of plaque buildup. When left unaddressed, the bacteria harbored in plaque can damage your gums, causing gingivitis and periodontal disease. 

Additionally, your teeth lose their only anchor when your bones and gums are weak, leaving you at risk of tooth loss.

No part of your body works alone. Your oral health influences your immune system and overall health. Untreated gum disease is linked to:

Fortunately, there is good news. Most people can avoid gum disease by brushing and flossing daily and having regular dental checkups.

Taking care of bleeding gums

Scaling and root planing are two procedures we use to treat advanced forms of gingivitis. Your hygienist will remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, as well as beneath your gums during the scaling procedure. Then comes the root planning. Smoothing your teeth's roots allows them to reattach to your gums.

When you notice bleeding gums, schedule an appointment. Gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more serious stage of gum disease, if you don't get treatment.

Periodontitis is a significant infection that develops between your teeth and gums, resulting in deep pockets filled with bacteria. Periodontitis can also harm your jawbone, causing tooth loss and loose teeth.

Periodontal disease can also be treated with:

If gum disease has caused your gums to recede, gum rejuvenation is a less invasive alternative to traditional gum grafting surgery. The process involves no incisions or sutures, resulting in a faster recovery time and less pain.

Small pinholes are made in the gums above the affected teeth, and the tissue is repositioned. The addition of collagen strips aids in the healing process. Multiple teeth can be treated in a single visit, providing immediate cosmetic benefits while also maintaining your oral health.

Maintain healthy gums

Plaque buildup at the gum line is the most common cause of bleeding gums and gum disease. 

Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste several times each day.

Attend twice-yearly checkups with our team for regular cleaning and to check your oral health. 

Take action if your gums start to bleed. Make an appointment with Dr. Vilderman. Call our San Francisco office to schedule a visit, or use this form to contact us. The sooner you address gum disease, the better chance you have of reversing it. 

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