Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

Gums that bleed for more than a day or two indicate that you suffer from a periodontal infection, also known as gum disease. When you suffer from periodontal disease, you can have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, red, or painful gums
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth mobility
  • Pus along the gum line
  • Gum recession
  • Bone loss

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that has been linked to life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory illnesses. In pregnant women, gum disease can also lead to low birth-weight babies.

Treatment for gum disease in its early stages is non-invasive and may even be able to reverse the infection and damage completely. As periodontal disease progresses, however, it becomes more difficult to treat and may require surgery. If you have symptoms of gum disease, contacting us right away for an appointment is important. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can restore your oral health and wellness!

Our hygienists are gentle and highly skilled when it comes to treatment of periodontal disease. They will work with you to improve your home care and stay on track with regular office visits. Even if it has been awhile since you have seen a dentist, we can help!

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