HELP! My Gums are Swollen and Bleeding!
If you notice your gums are tender, swollen or brushing your teeth causes them to bleed, you may have gum disease!
Gum disease can be a very devastating issue for your smile – not only does it cause your gums to recede, bleed and become tender, it also causes the surrounding teeth to become weak and at a higher risk of falling out! At Q Dental in Bella Vista we are dedicated to helping you maintain total oral health and as such it is very important to know the initial signs of gum disease.
What is causing my gums to bleed?
Sometimes gums can bleed due to aggravation caused by sharp bits of food stuck between teeth – if this is the cause of your bleeding gums; this can be easily solved by flossing and brushing away the food debris. Other simple causes can be due to flossing, medications such as blood thinners or pregnancy. However if your gums continue to bleed after a week, it is important to visit your Q Dental dentist!
The other more severe cause of bleeding gums…
Another reason for bleeding gums is gingivitis, which is the very early stage of periodontal disease. This can be debilitating and needs to be treated promptly otherwise it can easily decline to severe periodontitis, which can result in bone loss and even tooth loss! The good news is, if addressed quickly, gingivitis can be reversed and prevented with treatment.
Your mouth is made up of several elements, all of which depend upon each other to survive and remain healthy. These structures include your jaws, teeth, gums, tongue and saliva. When there is a lot of dental plaque present within the mouth due to poor oral health, it can accumulate on the teeth and cause inflammation of the gums. This is gingivitis. If not properly addressed, the inflammation can move deeper into the gum tissue – attacking sensitive tooth roots and jawbone. Once it gets to this stage it is called periodontitis, which can permanently cause gradual bone loss and eventually tooth loss.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
If you suffer the following symptoms without any sign of improvement, it is best to book an appointment with a Bella Vista dentist at Q Dental for a check-up:
- Red or swollen gums
- Inflammation in the mouth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Sensitive teeth
- Gum withdrawal
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
At Q Dental we are able to effectively identify and diagnose gum disease and will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment for you. Our professional and friendly team of dentists can help you understand your condition and will only recommend treatment if it is in your best interests.
We believe in preventive care, and that means helping you maintain your oral health by checking your condition every 6 months, which allows us to discover any underlying problems early.