Bleeding Gums

Smile Loft Branch Ave

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Camp Springs, MD

While some minor gum bleeding is common, it’s not normal. At least, it shouldn’t be if your teeth and gums are completely healthy. The dental care experts at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, treat every reason for bleeding gums, as well as its complications. Make an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Bleeding Gums Q & A

Why do gums bleed?

The main reason for bleeding gums traces back to the biofilm called plaque. Composed of byproducts of the foods you eat, plaque is the target of brushing and flossing.

Daily care targets plaque when it’s soft, before it hardens and turns into tartar. When it’s not effectively removed, you eventually develop gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. This is often painless, even after bleeding gums start.

In fact, lack of pain and the short duration of bleeding likely combines to create the impression that the signs of blood are nothing to worry about. However, it’s an early warning sign that your oral health is in decline. If you don’t seek treatment, the buildup of tartar can cause your gums to recede, allowing further decay to the roots of your teeth and potentially leading to the loss of teeth.

Are there causes for bleeding gums besides poor plaque removal?

Yes. It turns out that a diet that features fresh, natural foods rather than processed options is good not only for your waistline, but for your teeth as well. A good diet encourages a healthy immune system, which also benefits oral health. Conversely, when you’re eating lots of processed food, you may see bleeding gums more frequently.

Smoking creates an unhealthy environment in your mouth. Bleeding gums can occur even if you don’t have issues with plaque buildup. When your gums become inflamed from smoking, bacteria have a new point of entry, causing problems in other parts of your body.

Other factors that can increase the risk of bleeding gums include:

  • Family history
  • Stress
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding) and habitual clenching
  • Side effects of some medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Gum disease transmitted from a partner

How are bleeding gums treated?

Because bleeding gums are a symptom rather than the main problem, treatment addresses the underlying cause of the bleeding. For most people, the plaque removal performed during routine dental visits addresses tartar buildup and gets you back on track for effective home dental hygiene.

Talk to your dental hygienist at Smile Loft Branch Ave. If you’ve been lax with your efforts to brush and floss daily, you can still make a successful effort to improve.