You may think bleeding gums are a sign that you are not brushing correctly. However, it is not normal for gums to bleed and you should take notice whenever your gums bleed during brushing.
We at Wright Street Dental Clinic offers a range of treatment options for patients in any stage of gum disease. Prevention of gum disease is our goal, but for those who have signs or symptoms of gum disease, we may recommend mouth rinses, deep cleaning procedures or in extreme cases, periodontal surgery.
Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease
A common cause of bleeding gums is gum disease. Gum disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. Plaque is the leading cause for gum disease, though other factors such as family history, hormonal changes and illness may contribute to the condition.
Avoid Bleeding Gums When You Brush or Floss
When you brush, you should use a gentle, circular motion to massage and clean the teeth and gums. While many people use a back-and-forth motion, this motion can actually irritate and damage your gums, making them sore and more likely to bleed or recede.
You should also be gentle when you floss to avoid bleeding gums. Do not force the floss between your teeth, instead, carefully slide it up and down, following the curve of each tooth.
Bleeding Gums and Pregnancy
Bleeding gums during pregnancy is very common because of hormonal changes taking place in the body. This can increase the susceptibility for the gums to be sore and inflamed, which in turn makes it difficult to maintain adequate hygiene. Staying ahead of gum problems is an essential component of prenatal care. Pregnant women should continue to brush and floss, and certainly continue their professional dental check ups to diagnose and manage issues before they develop.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Treatment for bleeding gums should always be handled by a dentist. Never attempt to self treat bleeding gums or use over the counter medications without the advisement of a dental professional. Depending on your condition, there are a number of treatment options for bleeding gums.
Healthy Gums, Healthy Mouth
If you have bleeding gums, contact Wright Street Dental Clinic, Belmont, for a consultation and periodontal screening.
(08) 9479 1970
Our practice is open:
205B Wright Street, Cloverdale, WA 6105