Bleeding gums are one of the many symptoms of gum disease. It is usually a sign that your gums have become inflamed or infected. Gums that bleed can also be sore and painful. Many patients wonder, “Why are my gums bleeding?” This is a symptom that should be addressed as soon as possible. Dr. Jonathan Tiger, a periodontist for New City, NY, can answer your questions on how to stop bleeding gums.
To help with bleeding gums during brushing, try switching from an electric tooth brush to a manual one. Also make sure you are using a brush that has soft, nylon bristles. Taking these two steps can prevent unnecessary damage to the tissue and tooth structure. If your brushing is overaggressive, making these simple changes may resolve the issue.
Be gentle while flossing. Take your time to make sure you are sliding the floss up and down gently between your teeth to remove plaque. Many patients floss too aggressively which can irritate or even cut the gum tissue causing bleeding.
Bacteria in your mouth from poor dental hygiene can also be a cause of bleeding gums. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums making them bleed easily. Bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene is an early sign of periodontal or gum disease. Your gums may bleed more frequently as the periodontal disease progresses into later stages. It is important to have periodontal disease treated as early as possible to prevent further destruction of the gum and bone that support the teeth.
If you have been asking yourself, “Why are my gums bleeding?” schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Tiger, a periodontist for New City, NY. Dr. Tiger can determine whether your gums are bleeding due to gum disease and recommend a treatment plan to restore your oral health.