Did you go to the sink one morning, brush your teeth, and find that your toothbrush came out covered in blood? Bleeding gums aren't uncommon and are often a symptom of periodontal disease. Suddenly seeing blood might make you panic, but the cause of the bleeding could have existed well before that symptom. And there are a couple of different dental treatments that can help you overcome the sudden onset of bleeding gums.
Double Check Your Oral Health Routine
While bleeding gums are usually a sign of periodontal disease, there are exceptions to that rule. And you can figure out if you are the exception by double checking your oral health routine.
Do you use a soft toothbrush or a medium or hard variety? Soft toothbrushes are sufficient for cleaning your teeth and gums. The denser brushes can cause abrasions on your gums which would eventually bleed. Likewise if you use a firm brushing pressure with a soft toothbrush. If you can't seem to use a light hand, invest in an electric toothbrush with soft bristles to automate the process.
You should also make sure you're not accidentally cutting your gums when you floss between your teeth. Firm, quick pulls with the floss can make the wire bump into the gum line too hard and cause a small cut. Eventually, these cuts can start to bleed. Again, use a smaller, softer hand with your oral healthcare.
If you recently started seeing blood and your oral healthcare routine isn't the cause, you likely have a mild form of periodontal disease called gingivitis. Your dentist can clear up the problem easily with a thorough cleaning and potentially some antibiotics.
It's important to see the dentist for a periodontal diagnosis even if you think oral healthcare is causing your problem. An untreated disease could cause the infection to worsen and spread, which can lead to tooth and bone weakening and potentially dangerous systemic infections such as sepsis.
The periodontal disease might've already worsened past gingivitis before you experienced the bleeding symptom. In that case, the dentist will perform a more thorough cleaning called scaling and root planing. Ultrasonic instruments are used to thoroughly clean bacteria off the surface of the teeth and gums. The dentist might also scrape some of your tooth off to remove embedded bacteria that could cause a reinfection.
It's important to keep regularly scheduled dental cleaning appointments with a dentist like Dr. Scott Macpherson following gingivitis treatment. This can prevent the problem from coming back in the future.Share