MY GUMS BLEED WHEN I BRUSH. IS THIS NORMAL?
No, this is not normal! This one of the most common dental problems, and also the most misunderstood. One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of your gums. The gum tissue becomes red, puffy, and bleed easily because of the localized bacterial infection. As the disease progresses, the gum tissue and bone holding the tooth is destroyed.
Gum disease facts:
- Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque.
- Everyone has bacteria in their mouth.
- Bleeding gums are NOT normal.
- Gum disease is treatable.
- Gum disease should be treated as soon as possible. The longer you have it, the more damage it causes.
Gum disease myths:
- You can just take antibiotics for your bleeding gums.
- Your gums are supposed to bleed when you brush or floss.
- Bleeding gums mean you are going to lose your teeth.
- Your gums bleed because you are brushing too hard.
Treatment options for bleeding gums:
Gingivitis, the first phase of periodontal disease, is usually treated with your regular cleaning and improved oral hygiene. Our hygienists will teach you how to care for your teeth and gums. We recommend using a quality electric toothbrush to better remove bacteria and plaque from the teeth and gum tissue.
Periodontal Disease is treated with a procedure called “Scaling and Root Planing“. The hygienists cleans the plaque, tarter and bacteria from the roots of the teeth. This allows your body to heal the inflamed gums and return them to normal. Depending on how severe your gum disease is, you may also need laser treatment.
More people lose their teeth from gum disease then trauma or decay. Excellent home dental care and routine visits to the dentist are vital in preventing periodontal disease.
Interested in a new smile? Want a better smile? Concerned you don’t have great dental health? Visit our office at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Or call us at 713-941-8261.