Is it normal for my gums to bleed every day?
Bleeding gums are not normal, and if it becomes a daily occurrence may be a sign of a more complicated oral health concern. While bleeding gums can occasionally be a factor of brushing too vigorously, or flossing incorrectly, frequent bleeding that does not cease with improved oral hygiene techniques could be an indication that your gums have a bacterial infection known as gum disease. Also commonly referred to as gingivitis or periodontal disease, gum disease is best treated early in development. Routine dental check ups can help Dr. Abbas Ahrabi keep track of the health of your gums and teeth, controlling the spread of the disease causing bacteria.
Progression of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums are a symptom of the progressive spreading of the disease causing bacteria into the gums. By the time you notice bleeding gums, the harmful bacteria has already begun to take a toll on the health of your teeth and gums. Patients with gum disease are more prone to developing tooth sensitivity, decay, and even tooth loss.
It is important not to ignore bleeding gums. Gum disease can cause the gums to recede exposing the tooth root. Bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and form deep pockets in the gum line. Eventually, the gums begin to separate from the tooth structure. As the gum line separates bleeding, swelling, redness or sores can occur.
Gum disease is the focus of many oral-body connection studies. Recent research has shown the direct link between oral bacteria and the overall health of a patient. The advanced periodontal disease has been shown to increase a patients risk of developing a wide range of complex systemic health conditions. The disease causing bacteria, when left untreated will eventually spread to the blood stream, exposing the entire body to harmful bacteria. Periodontal disease increases the risk of diabetes, inflammation, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks and strokes.
Women often experience a flare up of gingivitis during major hormonal shifts. During pregnancy, it is common for women to develop gum disease. With proper and diligent at home oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, bacteria can be controlled and should subside once the baby is born. Maintaining your oral health while pregnant is essential for the health of both mom and baby. Pregnancy gingivitis left unchecked has been linked to lower birth rates in babies. It is safe to visit the dentist while pregnant. Be sure to let Dr. Ahrabi or one of our dental hygienists know if you think you may be or are pregnant. Your safety and the safety of your baby is our top priority.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
If your gums are bleeding on a regular basis, be sure to visit our Oakton, VA dentist office. Dr. Ahrabi offers periodontal therapy treatment options for patients with varying stages of gum disease. At home oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist is the best defense against the advancement of gingivitis. Caught early, thorough professional dental cleanings and anti bacterial rinses can help control bacteria and prevent further damage to the oral and systemic health.