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What to Do if Your Gums Are Bleeding

July 7, 2021
Posted By: White Smiles Family Dental
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Bleeding gums can have several causes, including anemia, soft tissue injury, brushing and flossing too hard, gingivitis, or periodontal disease.

In any case, bleeding gums are not normal, and we strongly encourage you to contact your Springfield, MO dentist if you’re experiencing this problem.

Bleeding Gums and the Many Causes

If you’re anemic—low iron in the blood—this can cause bleeding gums. Additionally, if you’ve injured your gums—chewing on an ink pen cap that slips, for example—you can scratch the tissue as well.

In some cases, patients brush and floss too hard or use a hard-bristled toothbrush when most dentists recommend a soft bristle. And forcing your dental floss through overlapping or crooked teeth too close to the gumline is also a common culprit.

In cases where you are brushing and flossing correctly but you still notice bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Symptoms can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth pain
  • Gum pocketing

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Springfield, MO

Gingivitis can be considered early periodontal disease, and it is always better to treat this condition in the early gingivitis stage. However, only your Springfield, MO dentist can diagnose gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Treatment may include special brushing, flossing, and rinsing sessions at home, along with periodic special cleanings in our dental office. These cleanings are designed to get below the gumline. Other treatments can include topical antibiotics and a recontouring of the tooth roots.

With periodontal disease, treatment is crucial to save your teeth and protect your body's health. This condition can cause heart health complications, and it has been linked to serious issues like Alzheimer’s disease.

Contact Your Dentist Near Me for More Information

If you have bleeding gums, have questions, or if it’s time for your next checkup and teeth cleaning, give us a call today.

We treat patients in all areas, including Nixa, Ozark, Willard, Marshfield, Strafford, Rogersville, and Republic.

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