February 2, 2023

What to Know About Bleeding Gums

bleeding gumsBleeding anywhere on your body is a cause for concern. While bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, there are other causes of this symptom. From brushing too hard to eating lots of acidic foods, in some cases, bleeding gums are a sign for you to change your dental habits, while in others, they can be a symptom of a more severe condition. Let's look at why your gums may start bleeding and when you should talk to your dentist about sensitive gums. 


When Should I Worry about Bleeding Gums?

If your gums are sensitive and prone to bleeding, this should signify something wrong. Overly sensitive gums and excessive bleeding can signal an underlying condition like gingivitis, requiring treatment to prevent further issues. If you take blood thinners, you may be more prone to gum bleeding. 


Using a rough toothbrush and pressing down while brushing can cause gum recession and sensitivity and even lead to cut and bleeding gums. The same applies to starting a flossing routine when you've gone without flossing. On top of this, bleeding gums can be a sign of poorly fitting or broken wires if you have braces, so be sure to talk to your dentist about this.  


However, if your gums are overly sensitive, red, swollen, and prone to bleeding, it’s time to talk to your dentist. 


Are Bleeding Gums a Sign of Gingivitis?

Bleeding gums are one of the early signs of gingivitis. Other signs of gingivitis are red, swollen gums that hurt to the touch and receding gumlines. If your gums are puffy in appearance, bleed easily, or cause you pain, this can be a clear sign of gingivitis. Thankfully, gingivitis is treatable and, when caught early, does not cause severe damage to your gums and teeth. However, if left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease, which can cause tooth loss, bone loss, gum recession, tooth looseness, and many other health issues. 


Treating gingivitis can be as easy as visiting your dentist for professional cleaning and perfecting your at-home oral care. You can stave off infection and reduce gum irritation by removing plaque and bacteria from your mouth. However, if the condition continues despite treatment, your dentist may recommend other methods of treatment, especially for gingivitis tied to other conditions, such as pregnancy, smoking, steroid use, and more. 


If you’re worried about bleeding gums, talk with your dental team to find home treatment options, and try switching to an extra soft or soft toothbrush to reduce the strain on your gums. In addition, make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and rinse your mouth using mouthwash to help prevent gingivitis and dental infections. 


If you have sensitive gums or are looking for dental treatment in Burke, Virginia, call us at (703) 569-4040 or request an appointment online. Here at Washington Periodontics, our team of dental professionals works hard to keep your smile healthy and happy. We’re here to answer any questions and happily provide dental care to the greater Burke, VA area. 




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