Bleeding gums are caused by disease. People forget to take care of their gums when they’re cleaning their teeth.
Gums need to have plaque removed regularly or when you brush or floss you are likely to experience bleeding.
Inadequate care of your gums can lead to gum disease, a plaque buildup on the teeth that causes infections and even losing your teeth. How? Plaque hardens and becomes tartar. Once you have tartar, you can’t get rid of it just by brushing. But you can’t leave it there or it will attack the gums.
Professional cleaning with dental tools is required to remove this harmful and unsightly buildup. When neglected, tartar may attack the gums, and gum disease can accelerate, causing tissue infections and tooth loss. You need to nip it in the bud.
The progression of gum disease
Gingivitis happens first and can be easily treated. It’s simply an inflammation. If not treated, gingivitis becomes periodontitis which causes tooth loss. That you don’t want to go through! When the bone and gums become infected, they deteriorate.
If you have any symptoms of gum disease, such as red, bleeding, or swollen gums, don’t hesitate. You can prevent and treat this condition before it gets worse.
Many patients only require deep cleanings to avert this progression.
Take care of your gums—they are crucial to your overall oral health.
For help with gum disease or bleeding gums, call our office.