When to See Your Dentist About Bleeding Gums

When to See Your Dentist About Bleeding Gums

Maybe you’ve noticed a little blood when you brush or floss. It may seem harmless, but you should see it as a bright red flag — literally.

The fact is, the primary cause of bleeding gums is plaque buildup, and ignoring it only leads to more problems. In the early stages, plaque causes gingivitis or gum inflammation. Without treatment, plaque hardens into tartar, causing even more bleeding and leading to the advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis, which puts your oral and physical health at risk.

The Cherry Family Dental team can help, no matter the cause of your bleeding gums. Dr. Misty Henne and Dr. Chloe Chu treat you based on their knowledge of your oral and medical history using the most advanced dental procedures available.

The importance of good periodontal health

Healthy gums and jawbones may not seem important, but they play an essential role in optimal oral health. Your periodontal health describes the condition of your gums and the bones supporting your teeth. 

Without the strong foundation healthy gums and your jaw provide, your teeth have nowhere to anchor themselves. Unfortunately, gum disease can seriously compromise this foundation.

Several things put you at risk for gum disease, a common condition that leads to many complications, including tooth loss. However, the most common and controllable cause is poor oral hygiene. 

When you treat your gums right, your teeth can do their crucial jobs — chewing and speaking. Plus, good self-care keeps your breath fresh and your smile bright and beautiful.

Spotting the signs of a problem

In the beginning, you may shrug off slight gum bleeding while brushing and flossing. However, gingivitis — the precursor to full-blown periodontal disease — begins with inflammation in the gum tissue around the base of your teeth. 

Catching gum disease in its earliest stages allows our team to treat it in less invasive ways, like scaling and root planing. Scaling removes plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and beneath your gums. With root planing, we smooth the tooth root, which allows your gums to reattach, essentially giving them a fresh start. 

Without treatment, the disease progresses to more severe stages, known as periodontitis. This serious infection involves deep bacteria-filled pockets between your teeth and gums. If you ignore them, the soft tissue damage worsens and endangers your jawbone, making tooth loss likely. 

The dangers of ignoring periodontal disease

Gum disease puts more than your oral health at risk; it also affects your immune system and overall wellness. Having periodontitis can increase your chances of:

Each of these conditions not only reduces your quality of life but can even shorten your life expectancy. Fortunately, multiple treatments exist for gum disease and periodontitis, so you can nip this problem in the bud to restore your oral and overall health. 

Treatments for gum disease

As with nearly every oral health issue, successful treatment requires teamwork between you and your dentist. Our Cherry Family Dental team may recommend a variety of treatment options to improve and maintain your gum health, such as:

Remember, gum disease is highly preventable. Simply practice consistent, good oral hygiene and schedule regular professional cleanings. And, if you have bleeding gums or other signs of gum disease, schedule a visit with our Cherry Family Dental team so we can provide the care you need.

Don’t wait to address your bleeding gums. Call our office in San Jose, California, as soon as possible at 669-238-2357 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.

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