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December 9th, 2019

Your Question Answered: “What Should I Do About Bleeding Gums?”

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Do you ever notice that your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss?

Most of the time you don’t want to ignore your bleeding gums! Here we break down your questions on what to do about bleeding from your gums:

“What might bleeding gums indicate?”

Bleeding can be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease in your mouth, and that’s why we urge you not to ignore it.

The bleeding is often happening due to inflammation in the mouth. That’s likely from plaque and tartar that have—over time—built up on your teeth and along your gum line.

Think of the bleeding as a signal from your body saying, “Please, take better care of me!”

With great oral health habits, you can work to reduce the inflammation, stop the bleeding and  improve your overall oral health, too. It’s important to see us if you have bleeding gums so we can not only remove the accumulated tartar, but we can assess the state of your overall oral health.

Keep in mind that in some cases, gums are tender and sensitive and bleed because of other factors not related to gingivitis, such as pregnancy or even brushing your teeth too hard. Either way, come in and see us if you are concerned about gum bleeding so we can know more about the underlying cause! We’re judgement-free, gentle with our care, and here to help you improve your oral health!

“What do you mean by plaque on the teeth?”

Plaque is a film on your teeth that, at any given point, can have millions of germs that make it up. It is actually colorless and difficult to see, though you may be able to feel it. If you have heavy plaque deposits, such as along your gumline, it may look like a thick white deposit or even food that’s been stuck to your teeth.

Bacteria (and plaque) is constantly growing and trying to thrive in your mouth; that’s why daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a mouthwash we recommend to you is critical to deter its growth.

Think about it this way: that plaque has germs that do damage to your gum and gumline. If the plaque isn’t removed, you can see how the germs can hurt the gum over time, causing more and more recession from the teeth. If that plaque gets to the point where it hardens into tartar, things get more serious. Not only can periodontitis be painful, but it can cause tooth and bone loss.

“What else should I know about gingivitis then?”

As a recap, gingivitis is when you have inflammation or swelling of your gums. Gingivitis happens when you’ve let the plaqu


e build-up in your mouth.

That thick, sticky layer of bacteria increases your risk of tooth decay, cavities…not to mention other issues, too, such as bad breath you can’t seem to get rid of! In short, gingivitis is a sign that you might develop gum disease; if it worsens, the next stage is gum disease, also called periodontitis.

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“What happens if I ignore my bleeding gums and/or gum recession?” 

As mentioned, if gingivitis worsens enough, it progresses into gum disease. Our term for it is Periodontitis, which is pronounced “per-e-o-don-TIE-tis”. That’s an infection in your mouth.

As you can imagine, we want to work with you to avoid any kind of gum disease. Gum disease causes the gum to pull away, and that makes your teeth much more vulnerable. Not only can gum tissue and bone be damaged and destroyed, but it can cause your teeth to become loose in your mouth. Lots of things can contribute to both gingivitis and gum disease, but typically it is your overall oral health habits that have the largest impact.

“What should I do if I have bleeding gums?”

Your gums may be bleeding because of that plaque build-up and/or tartar, but it’s a good idea not to ignore it. If you have bleeding gums, be sure to set an appointment with us so we can take a look at your oral health.
In the meantime, in general, we would encourage everyone to practice good oral health habits, such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day. It may make sense to switch out your toothbrush to a soft-bristled one so it could be more sensitive on your teeth.

Get back into your flossing habit, whether that be with regular floss, an interdental cleaner, or a water flosser. Brushing AND flossing is critical in getting rid of plaque in the mouth and preventing gum disease! If you can, talk to us about minimizing decay-causing acids and foods in your diet, which can also be a contributing factor.

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Give Hagen Dental Practice a Call Today

We value making sure you feel relaxed and comfortable during your visit just as much as we value your oral health—and we’ll do everything we can to make you and your entire family feel at home. We hope to see you and your family for your next appointment.

Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website for convenient online scheduling here.

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