My Gums Are Sensitive and Are Bleeding, What Does That Mean?
Bleeding gums is often a sign of a more advanced dental issue. Patients with bleeding gums are likely to be experiencing symptoms of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, and in its most advanced stage can lead to tooth loss.
What Is Gum Disease?
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis. During gingivitis the gums become irritated and inflamed, causing the gums to bleed more easily. Patients with gingivitis may notice red gums, bad breath, receding gum line, and easily bleeding gums. The most common cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing, and visiting our Tulsa dental office for routine dental exams are great ways to minimize your chance of developing gingivitis.
The next stage of gum disease is periodontitis. Periodontitis happens when the bacteria above and below the gum line create deep pockets where bacteria can breed. During this phase of gum disease, the gum line will pull away from the teeth, leaving them exposed and sensitive.
How Do I Treat Gum Disease?
Henrich Dental offers a full range of periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease. Your treatment will be based on your specific needs and the stage of gum disease. Dr. Henrich will address any other dental issues you may have during your treatment to restore health and function back into your smile.
- Root Scaling and Planing
- Gum Surgery
- Periodontal Therapy
- Oral Hygiene
Tip To Help Avoid Gum Disease
- Avoid acidic drinks like soda, energy drinks and water with lemon. These can erode the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to decay.
- Floss daily between each tooth, sliding up and down and back and forth gently to avoid bleeding.
- Brush your teeth and gum line for TWO full minutes, two times each day. Use a soft bristle brush using gentle strokes and make sure you reach all of your teeth. The goal is to get rid of plaque buildup. To do this, vibrate your brush across the tooth surface, the gum line and your gums.
- Remember to gently brush your tongue for a few seconds, too, to get rid of bacteria.
- See your dentist at least once a year and report any of the signs mentioned above immediately.
Schedule An Appointment
Dr. Henrich will work with you one on one to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. If you notice a decline in your oral health or notice that your gums bleed, contact our Tulsa, OK dentist office. Henrich Dental is here to help you improve your smile and get one step closer to excellent oral health.