“Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush?”

  • Posted on: Oct 9 2013

Most of us associate good dental care with protecting our teeth. As a result, we forget to properly care for our gums.

If you frequently find yourself asking, “Why do my gums bleed when I brush?” you should consult your dentist right away.  Poor gum care can lead to a build up of plaque and bacteria, and eventually to the Periodontal diseases gingivitis and periodontitis. If your gums are bleeding as you brush, you may already have a gum disease!

Let’s take a closer look at periodontal diseases, and their treatment:

  1. Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis forms when plaque hardens under gums, turning into tartar. Tartar makes plaque more difficult to remove, since it creates a protective barrier for bacteria. The longer plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more irritation will be caused to your gums. This will cause the gums to swell, and bleed while you brush. Gums may also be painful to touch during flossing. Prompt treatment from your dentist, including a professional cleaning to get rid of tartar and plaque, is essential for treating gingivitis. Your dentist can also help you establish an effective at-home treatment plan that will help you avoid gingivitis in the future, which will include using proper brushing and flossing techniques. It is also important to schedule return visits to your dentist, and to care for your teeth properly at home to avoid gingivitis in the future.
  2. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated. Periodontitis shares many of the same symptoms with gingivitis, including swollen, bleeding gums. It can destroy the soft tissues and bones that surrounds your teeth, which often results in tooth loss. Although more serious than gingivitis, periodontitis is also treatable and preventable, if caught early by your dentist. During your appointment, your dentist will check for plaque and tartar buildup on gums. Most cases of periodontitis can be treated non-surgically, with treatments such as root planing, improved dental care, or antibiotics. For patients with an advanced form of the disease, surgical intervention may be necessary.

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