In order to determine if this symptom is a serious health concern, and not just because you have a simple gum irritation, please call and schedule an appointment with our office. 

Here are a few things you might need to know about your gums in the meantime:

What Are The Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Always keep an eye out for these symptoms, and if they persist for a week or longer, be sure and give us a call, because they could indicate poor gum health…

  • The appearance of your teeth is that they are longer
  • Gums that are irritated or red
  • Gums that are swollen
  • Gums that are bleeding

Since you may well not be addressing the actual cause of the bleeding by treating yourself, and only adding to your problem, the best course of action is to call our office, if you notice any of the above symptoms.

What Are The Causes of Gum Disease?

  • Some medications
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Tartar and plaque buildup under the gums
  • Poor oral hygiene

Treating And Managing Gum Disease

If you have already experienced swollen or bleeding gums, which are the main symptoms of gum disease, please give us a call and, schedule an appointment.  We can then make some recommendations that will be specifically customized to treat you. Do the following, in the meantime, to manage your symptoms:

  • Regularly brush and floss your teeth, using an electric toothbrush, or a soft toothbrush, a minimum of two times a day for the brushing. In order to prevent the build up of plaque along your gum line, it is very important that you always brush your teeth toward the center of your mouth, keeping food away from the gums.    
  • Make sure that you are flossing all the way from the gums, down the sides of the teeth, at least once each day.
  • Using antiseptic mouthwash is another easy way to kill bacteria around your gums that might have been left behind when you brushed. After using the mouthwash, you gums may feel noticeably better.
  • Your best defense against gum disease is to have your teeth cleaned by us two times every year. — We remove the tartar and plaque that your daily brushing leaves behind, removing the swelling and bleeding, which are some of the more subtle symptoms of the dreaded gum disease.    
  • You should definitely stop smoking, because tobacco products are very bad for your total mouth health, not just your lungs! It definitely will increase your risk gum disease, and not just the dreaded oral cancer.
  • We may recommend that you have a scaling and root planing procedure (a deep cleaning), if you already have gum disease. This procedure typically requires from two to four different appointments, but it enables the dentist to get up under the gum tissue and remove built up plaque and tartar, removing the real cause of the problem incredibly well.

When I Floss, Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Probably because you have never flossed your teeth, or it has been a long period of time since you have, and your gums have become sensitive, causing them bleed or become irritated.  Your gums should discontinue bleeding as soon as you establish a daily habit.  Better gum health will be the eventual outcome, because you will be removing the plaque from between the your teeth and gums.

Be sure and let us know if bleeding continues, after your daily flossing for a week or so, and we can make sure you are getting a really good clean by flossing properly.

What Causes My Gums To Swell?

There are two main causes for your gums to begin to swell:  (1) By eating something that is really abrasive or sharp, you could accidentally scratch or irritate your gums.  (2) The most likely reason is because you are in the beginning stages of gum disease…Gingivitis!  It typically causes irritation, redness and swelling in your gums.

You should definitely call us and schedule an appointment, if you notice these early warning signs.  All that may be necessary for your gums to be restored to good health, and keep your symptoms from getting worse, is for you to have a good dental cleaning.

Why Do My Gums Become Sensitive After I Brush Or Eat?

It could be the early stages of gum disease, which can cause irritation or sensitivity in your gums. Temporary sensitivity could certainly be caused when you eat something abrasive or acidic, however, within a few days, that symptom should pass. 

Please call us for an examination appointment, and we will be glad to talk to you about recommendations for your treatment, and answer any questions you might have about your teeth or gums.

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