You might only spot gum bleeding every once in a while, or you might regularly see blood when you brush or floss. While bleeding can be a symptom of several different types of oral and dental problems, it’s frequently indicative of gum disease.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, turn to the team at Couture Smiles Dental Group, led by Nicole Sazgar, DDS, and her team that includes Jonathan Gordon, DDS, and Sean Fahid, DDS, to find out why. Our experienced and compassionate providers can also advise you on next steps, from treatment options to changes you can make in your oral hygiene routine to care for your gums.
Frequent vs. occasional gum bleeding
If you brush too roughly, or if you have poorly-fitting dentures, you can experience occasional bleeding in your gums. However, if your gums bleed frequently, you may be seeing the symptom of a more serious underlying oral health condition.
Periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease, most often causes bleeding gums, but there are other health conditions that may cause bleeding, such as low platelets, leukemia, or a deficiency of vitamin C or vitamin K.
Gum disease develops when harmful bacteria and debris remain embedded in your gumline for too long, causing irritation and potential infection. If you have early gum disease, called gingivitis, or the more advanced periodontitis, your gums become sensitive and bleed more easily. Hardened bacteria and dental plaque form deposits of calcified tartar, further irritating the area and leading to more episodes of easy bleeding.
Keeping up your dental care
Without proper care, your gingivitis or periodontitis will continue to worsen, potentially leading to future jawbone issues and premature tooth loss.
To prevent gum disease, follow good dental hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily. If we diagnose you with gum disease or another oral health condition, we may recommend other treatments, such as:
- Rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash to minimize plaque formation
- Rinsing with warm salt water to soothe bleeding gums
- Using a soft toothbrush on irritated gums
- Using an electric toothbrush, designed to clean your gumline more effectively than a manual toothbrush
If you receive a gum disease diagnosis, we might also recommend that you come in for more frequent professional cleanings and check-ups at our office in Woodland Hills, California, so that we can monitor your condition’s progress.
To schedule an initial consultation and check-up with a member of our team, call us at Couture Smiles Dental Group today at 747-217-1139.