My Gums Bleed After I Brush: Should I be concerned? - Dr. Colin Richman

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My Gums Bleed After I Brush: Should I be concerned?

March 1, 2012

Gums that bleed during brushing are typically signaling an underlying problem. Even slight bleeding or occasional bleeding can be a significant indication that inflammation is present. In a healthy mouth, normal brushing and flossing should feel comfortable and the stimulation should never result in bleeding.

If you have noticed bleeding or tenderness during brushing, a consultation with your periodontist is recommended. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of the hard and soft tissues that support the teeth. When bleeding and other signs of inflammation are identified, your periodontist has the tools and expertise to evaluate you for gum disease.

The accumulation of plaque and tarter at and below the gumline are the usual suspects when bleeding is an issue. The bacteria that reside within the film of plaque are known to release toxic byproducts that lead to infection in the gums. As this infection progresses, bleeding, selling, and eventual bone loss can be expected. It can be difficult to determine the degree of the infection with the naked eye, which reinforces the need for professional intervention.

Once the damage associated with gum disease has affected the underlying bone, the loss of support for your teeth becomes irreversible. It is not possible for the bone to grow back or regenerate. Your periodontist can provide the therapy and homecare instructions necessary to prevent the spread of the disease.

It is possible that bleeding gums are not the result of inadequate oral hygiene. Aggressive brushing, underlying health conditions, and chronic clenching and grinding can also contribute to gum disease. In these scenarios, the gum tissue and bone tend to become unhealthy, often resulting in bleeding or sensitive gums.

For the protection of your health, never ignore bleeding during brushing or flossing. Your periodontist can determine if these symptoms are signs of gum disease or symptoms of an undiagnosed medical condition.

To schedule a professional evaluation of your gums and for treatment of gum disease in Roswell, call the office of Dr. Colin Richman at 770-442-1010 to schedule your periodontal consultation today.

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