DO YOUR GUMS BLEED WHEN YOU BRUSH?
Bleeding, red, or inflamed gums are symptoms that something is wrong. This could be a sign of something serious, such as gum disease, or a lifestyle issue. Knowing why gum problems are occurring and taking steps to correct them will keep your smile attractive and healthy. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley treat bleeding gums in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area with today’s most modern, minimally invasive procedures.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE?
There are several signs that indicate gum disease.
Red, swollen or bleeding gums-Look closely in the mirror. If it looks red or swollen, its gum disease.
If there is bleeding while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods, its gum disease. Bleeding always indicates gum disease.
Loose or shifting teeth usually indicates that bone loss is occurring from gum disease.
Bad breathe from the bacteria or pus beneath the gum.
Receding gums-getting longer in the tooth.
Your dentist or periodontist can determine if you have gum disease by measuring the depth of the pockets around your teeth with an instrument called a periodontal probe. Measurements of 2-3mm are healthy, 4-5mm pockets indicate early to moderate disease, 6-8mm pockets indicate advanced disease and pockets 9mm or more indicate the tooth may not be savable.
It’s important to identify gum disease early before it becomes serious and treatment is difficult if not impossible. About 30 million people in the United States have lost their teeth mostly from periodontal disease and have dentures that cause poor chewing and premature aging.
Periodontal disease is caused by certain types of bacteria in the mouth, which live and proliferate under the gum line. Bleeding and inflamed gums are the earliest symptoms of periodontal disease. Ignoring these symptoms only makes matters worse, placing bone and teeth in danger. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley can address the bacteria and treat periodontal disease with advanced procedures.
Oral bacteria must be removed every day with proper brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping. Otherwise, bacteria will multiply and can cause harm to the gums, bone, and teeth. Maintaining regular cleanings is also necessary to keeping the gums healthy.
Many medications elicit a variety of side effects. Some people experience inflamed gums or bleeding tissues when taking blood thinners, contraceptives, high blood pressure medicine, and even over the counter pain relievers. If you take medications and have bleeding or inflamed gums, talk with your medical doctor.
Hormonal changes can make the gums more susceptible to bleeding and swelling. Pregnant and menopausal women often experience gum tenderness, inflammation, and bleeding. Pregnancy is especially concerning because research shows that women with gum infections can deliver prematurely or have low birth weight infants.
MANY PEOPLE HAVE BLEEDING GUMS SO BLEEDING IS NOT A CONCERN?
Bleeding gums always indicates disease and needs treatment because it may lead to more severe gum disease. Often it can be as simple as better oral hygiene and more frequent maintenance but sometimes it may need more involved treatment.
Our office provides the full spectrum of oral care procedures. We promise to provide you with a comfortable experience as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. We enjoy serving our patients from Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale, Plantation, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Weston. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.