Why are my gums bleeding?
Gums can bleed for a number of reasons. Sometimes the problem is as simple as aggressive brushing, but sometimes bleeding is the first sign of periodontal (gum) disease. If you've noticed blood in the sink when you brush, please call our office to schedule a visit so we can determine what's behind it.
Many patients are brushing their teeth diligently but aren't using good technique. Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush that is too firm can cause damage to gum tissue and even your enamel. It can also lead to gum recession, which exposes your sensitive tooth roots and can lead to an increased risk of decay. Our skilled dental hygienists are happy to review your technique with you and help you learn better habits.
Periodontal disease can develop for quite some time before you notice symptoms like bleeding gums. This is one of the reasons why regular visits to our Frisco dental office are so important. During a regular cleaning and exam, we check for signs of gum disease that you might not notice initially. This allows you to get a head start on treating the condition before it begins to cause problems. Other signs that might indicate developing gum disease include:
- Persistant bad breath
- Gum recession
- Swollen or red gums
- Tender gums