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My Gums Bleed When I Brush: Should I Be Concerned?

There are many reasons why gum tissue bleeds, and brushing with too firm a hand or using abrasive tooth paste or gel can lead the way. Try switching to a soft bristle brush, or some type of electronic tooth brush which will provide more consistent and correct pressure while brushing. But if gum tissue continues to bleed, seeing your dentist for an accurate assessment is in order.

Bleeding can signal the onset of gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease if not caught and treated by your dentist in the early stages. Gum disease is a more common term for gingivitis and periodontitis, but no matter what name you give it, serious consequences can result from ignoring the symptoms.

Gum disease can occur for many reasons. Health concerns such as anemia, diabetes and other immune deficiencies can manifest in gum tissue resulting in bleeding; red swollen gums; discomfort; loose teeth; infection; and even tooth loss.

Lack of good dental hygiene habits such as brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily can contribute to gum disease.

Skipping those twice yearly visits to the dentist for a thorough dental exam along with a clinical cleaning can lead to future dental problems that might have been found and easily treated before advancing.

Smoking and tobacco use are very hard on teeth and gum tissue. It is a documented fact that smokers are more likely to develop gum disease than people who do not use tobacco.

Lifestyle habits like soda, snack or sugar consumption can have an impact on teeth. Plaque build-up is a leading cause of gum disease. Sugar gravitates to the bacteria that exists in the mouth and settles on teeth, particularly around the gum line. The only way to remove this plaque build-up is with a professional cleaning by your dentist.

Getting sufficient sleep and eating a well-balance diet that contains lots of healthy fruits and vegetables is a first good step to prevent gum disease. Daily excellent hygiene habits that include brushing and flossing are critical for good dental health.

If you are suffering from bleeding gums and would like professional treatment, contact Drs. Sender and Russ, serving Long Island and surrounding areas, today to schedule an appointment.

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