MY GUMS BLEED. IS THIS NORMAL?
No, it is NOT NORMAL! This one of the most common dental problems, and also the most misunderstood. Gum disease affects almost 80% of American adults. About half of those people have gingivitis (the reversible form of gum disease). The other half have periodontitis (the irreversible form of gum disease).
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of your gums. They become red, puffy, and bleed easily. As it progresses, you actually lose the bone that holds your teeth in.
Gum disease facts:
- Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque.
- 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:
- Your gums are supposed to bleed when you brush or floss.
- Your gums bleed because you are brushing too hard.
- You can just take antibiotics for your bleeding gums.
- Bleeding gums mean you are going to lose your teeth.
Treatment options for bleeding gums:
Gingivitis (reversible gum disease) is usually treated with your regular cleaning and improved oral hygiene. We will teach you how to care for your teeth and gums, and suggest different home care instruments and techniques that would be best for you.
Periodontitis (irreversible gum disease) is treated with a procedure called "Scaling and Root Planing". We numb the area to make sure you are completely comfortable, then we clean all 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 treatment with the Waterlase dental laser, as well. In some severe cases, you may have lost enough bone around the teeth that they need to be removed. If that is the case, we will go over replacement options with you.
Common Dental Problems
- My tooth hurts!
- I feel a hole in my tooth
- A piece of my tooth broke off
- My teeth are sensitive to cold things
- My gums bleed when I brush. Is that normal?
- I'm embarrassed to smile
- I wish my teeth were whiter