While a small amount of blood may not be a big deal, if your gums are bleeding, it is never a good idea to ignore it. This is often an indicator of gingivitis, but it can also indicate the presence of other health problems including tooth decay, anemia or even some types of cancer. For many, preventing bleeding gums involves adopting a thorough dental care program that includes twice a year hygiene visits to our office, brushing twice a day, flossing daily and consuming a healthy diet.
Preventing periodontal disease helps you to preserve your natural teeth and a healthier smile. At Oso Marguerite Dental, we address bleeding gums by performing a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and reviewing medical and dental records to best diagnose the root cause of the problem. In many cases, gingivitis can be corrected with a thorough cleaning or procedures such as scaling and root planing. Options including these will be discussed with you during your visit to help you feel confident with your treatment plan and comfortable moving forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I stop bleeding gums?
Bleeding gums are caused by the buildup of bacteria beneath the gumline. The best way to combat this problem is by brushing twice a day, flossing at least daily and visiting Oso Marguerite Dental for checkups twice a year.
Can my toothbrush cause my gums to bleed?
In some cases, your toothbrush can cause your gums to bleed. If the bristles are too firm and you use hard strokes, they may cause irritation to the gums. For best results, use a soft bristled toothbrush and replace it every three months. When brushing, use short, even strokes and brush for about two minutes at a time to further protect the health of your gums.
Will medications cause my gums to bleed?
Some medications can increase the risk of bleeding gums. These include both prescription and over the counter medications. If you recently noticed that your gums are bleeding and have started a new medication, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor and mention the problem. If this does not resolve the bleeding, visit Oso Marguerite Dental for an evaluation.
My gums bleed a lot, and I am not sure why. What should I do?
If persistent bleeding gums are an issue, contact Oso Marguerite Dental for an appointment. We will evaluate your smile and work with you to develop a treatment plan to address the problem.