If you’ve asked yourself why there appears to be blood on your toothbrush or in your sink after a thorough cleaning, this is something you should speak to your dentist about as soon as possible and shouldn’t be ignored. Once in awhile, bleeding can occur if there are coarse foods stuck between your teeth that can scratch your gums. If you find your gums are bleeding regularly after you brush or floss, there may then be a more serious situation to blame.
When plaque and other bacteria build up on your teeth, your gums can then become inflamed causing gingivitis. There are virtually no symptoms for gingivitis,
so it can be easily missed unless you notice blood on your brush or dental floss. If you are a smoker, this can be another reason why your gums are bleeding. Smoking tends to cause an increase in periodontal disease. If you’re a female, it’s important to know that hormonal changes during menstruation and pregnancy can also increase your chances of having bleeding gums. Some types of medications can also make your gums bleed.
We recommend that your practice good oral hygiene habits with a soft bristle toothbrush which provides a gentle cleaning experience for your gums and teeth. It’s important to brush your teeth in the morning and at bedtime and also floss daily. With practice, these habits will remove both plaque and any food debris left behind in your mouth after eating. If you are experiencing bleeding gums and have concerns, please feel free to contact our office to schedule an appointment to speak with our dentist.
The good news is, there is a dental procedure known as ‘gum contouring’. The dentist will use a laser to trim away and shape the gum tissue so that it looks neater and in proportion to the teeth.
Dr. Khattra and her associates has established an excellent Periodontal program that has helped many patients avoid tooth loss and maintain healthier bone levels. London Square Dental offers gentle, comprehensive nonsurgical gum care and a soft-tissue program that has helped restore many smiles over the years.