Why Are My Gums Bleeding

Gum bleeding is not a normal condition. Even if your gums bleed only while brushing your teeth, this is a sign of unhealthy gums and possible gum disease. The state of your gums reveals the health of the underlying tissues. Hence their bleeding should not be taken lightly to avoid graver problems.

At Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, we encourage all our patients to undergo regular dental checkups to have their teeth and gums cleaned and examined for any signs of gum disease. By recognizing this disease early on, we can more effectively treat the condition and prevent future complications.

What Are the Common Indicators of Gum Disease?

  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
  • Tender, red, and swollen gums
  • Recession of gums
  • Loose teeth

What Causes Bleeding Gums?
  • Bacteria Accumulation

Gum disease is often due to the bacteria present in your mouth. While some forms of bacteria are healthy, others can cause severe damage to your gums and enamel. For instance, every time you eat a meal, your mouth will get filled with harmful bacteria. Over time, these bacteria will combine with saliva, mucus, and food particles to turn into plaque.

  • Incorrect Oral Hygiene

Besides the bacterial buildup in the mouth, gum disease is often linked to insufficient oral hygiene. Hence, to keep your mouth bacteria-free, you should not fail to brush and floss at least twice each day. By including these simple measures, you can prevent bacteria and plaque from causing gum infection or recession.

  • Avoiding Dental Visits

Gum disease is a serious health disorder, and it can be prevented by visiting your dentist at least once every six months. Routine dental cleanings will ensure that your teeth are restored to a healthy and disease-free state. Besides removing plaque buildup, we will also check your gums for signs of disease during your dental exam. When the early signs of gum disease are detected, we will take preventative measures to stop the issue from developing any further.

How Can Bleeding Gums Be Prevented?

  • Don't fail to brush and floss your teeth properly twice daily.
  • Use an electric toothbrush to get rid of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth more efficiently.
  • Eat a nutritious diet to restrict the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Quit tobacco.
  • Visit your dentist for cleaning and oral assistance.

If you have any further queries about bleeding gums, please get in touch with us. At Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, we are always ready to help our patients in the best possible manner. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 321-0340.


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