It’s surprising how many patients have this experience and don’t realize that bleeding gums actually indicate a problem. Usually, there are a couple of reasons for bleeding gums:
- Something is lodged in your gums (like a popcorn hull)
- You suffer from periodontal (gum) disease
- Brushing or flossing too enthusiastically
Let’s go over some of these, so that we can help you feel more comfortable and be healthy!
Something Lodged in Your Gums
Your first instinct may be to avoid a tender area. It is important, however, to make sure that you dislodge any foreign matter from your gums before it causes a serious infection. Your body is helping you with this by bleeding, but you need to work at it, too. Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and even using a dental pick or some other device to remove the troublesome object can help.
If it persists for more than a couple of days, give us a call!
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
One of the first signs of an infection in your gums includes bleeding when you brush and floss. It may happen in one area or generally across many teeth. A periodontal infection occurs when bacteria collects beneath the gums and causes inflammation, bleeding, and tenderness.
This type of infection puts your overall health at risk and has been linked to heart conditions, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and lung problems.
Contact us. We can help. By cleaning your teeth thoroughly and improving your home care, you can enjoy better oral and overall health. Our hygienists are gentle and knowledgeable.
Brushing or Flossing Too Hard
Don’t take your frustrations out on your teeth! Brushing and flossing is important, but there is actually a correct way to do it.
Brush your teeth using the tips of your bristles and little pressure. The bristle tips do the cleaning. If your toothbrush looks frayed shortly after you start using it, you are brushing too hard.
Floss each side of your teeth only until your feel resistance. Don’t force the floss past where it feels comfortable.
Are you looking for gum treatments in the Oconomowoc area? Contact Lakeland Family Dental today!