Are my bleeding gums normal?

Our patients often ask about bleeding gums. Unfortunately, bleeding gums seem to be a common occurrence. Our answer? No, bleeding gums are not normal.

The reality is that a study by the Centers for Disease Control, or the CDC, estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults have mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, or gum disease. Bleeding gums is just one symptom of gum disease. If left untreated, advanced gum disease can lead to the loss of gum tissue and loss of jaw bone. Later your teeth can become loose and even fall out! For that reason, we take bleeding gums very seriously.

Fortunately, we can treat gum disease. When caught early, we can begin treatment early. The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis which is characterized by red, swollen gums and occasional bleeding when brushing or flossing.

If you notice this type of bleeding, you should give Connoyer Dental a call right away. We’ll schedule an exam and measure areas of the gum around each tooth to see how healthy things are looking.

If in the past you haven’t done a good job of taking care of your mouth, you can surely start now! Here are some things to start with.

  • To improve oral hygiene, brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once a day.
  • Stop smoking. It can have a negative impact on your immune system.
  • Reduce stress. This also has a negative impact on your immune system.
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C and K.
  • Rinse your mouth with salt water. This may reduce bacteria and stop gum bleeding.
  • See your dentist at least twice a year.

If you are concerned that you might be in the early stages of periodontal disease or if you know that you are suffering because you’ve been putting off treatment, we urge to you make an appointment today. We’re ready to turn things around for you!