Bleeding gums is a unique sensation that may startle you.
Particularly while brushing your teeth or flossing, whether you simply taste blood and inspect your mouth in a mirror, or notice it in the sink, wait before you jump to any extreme conclusions. Your first step should be to make sure you have no cuts or abrasions in your mouth. If your gums are bleeding without an obvious source, schedule an appointment with Dr. Comeaux or Dr. Pearson right away so we can get to the source of your gum disease.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
When gum disease occurs, your body goes into a natural immune response that includes inflammation. During inflammation, your body sends blood to the affected site to protect the tissues and to encourage removal of bacteria. Because of this increased pooling of blood, gums will likely appear red, rather than a healthy pink, and look swollen.
Whether your mouth is afflicted with gingivitis or periodontitis, plaque damages your gums, softening the tissue. Your gums become less resistant to tearing and may bleed when you brush or floss. Take this sign of disease seriously. Ensure you are brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. While bleeding gums may make you think you should stop performing the act that causes bleeding, in this case, you must continue. Brushing and flossing helps remove the plaque buildup that infects your gums and surrounding tissue.
What Consequences Are Associated With Bleeding Gums?
Along with bleeding gums, you may also experience tenderness and swelling. If you have mild gingivitis, daily brushing and flossing may reverse the issue and your gums will stop bleeding once you have cleared the plaque and infection. However, because plaque builds up within a single day and may harden into tartar, you will need to schedule an appointment with a professional. Visit us for a cleaning so we can determine the root of your sore bleeding gums and create a program tailored to restoring your gum health.
How Do You Treat Bleeding Gums?
Our treatment for bleeding gums depends on the cause of the problem. Regardless of your periodontal disease, part of the solution always includes plaque removal. We will examine your mouth carefully with your comfort in mind. In addition, we may direct you to use antibiotics to heal existing infection.
Infection of your gums that has not spread to surrounding supportive tissues is likely a case of gingivitis, which will not require advanced treatment or surgery. However, if sore bleeding gums accompany widespread infection and additional symptoms, such as receding gums or loose teeth, our team will need to perform surgery, such as soft tissue grafting, to replace missing gum tissue, or tooth replacement to restore empty sockets.
Seeking treatment or surgery for periodontal disease? Our board-certified periodontists take a compassionate approach to periodontal care, and will spend time getting to know you rather than hurrying out of the exam room. Schedule a visit with our team at Periodontics Associates today to review your treatment options with Dr. Comeaux or Dr. Pearson in our Lafayette office, or with Dr. Comeaux at our Opelousas satellite office. Please contact us if you have any questions.