Why do my gums bleed when I brush?
Gums that bleed when you brush are a common indication that you have periodontal disease. It is the bacteria that remain on your teeth that inflame your gums, causing them to bleed.
Periodontal disease left untreated can lead to serious oral health problems, which can result in extensive, costly dental work. The good news is that it is quite simple to avoid the onset of gum disease.
Plaque develops on your teeth all throughout the day, attracting food debris and bacteria in your mouth. You can remove some of this buildup with conscientious oral hygiene.
No matter how diligently you brush and floss, however, you simply cannot remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. Tartar is a hard mineral-like substance that must be removed by a dental hygienist using specialized instruments.
That is why all dental professionals strongly advocate routine dental cleanings and checkups. By staying current with this simple oral health maintenance routine, we can stay one step ahead of gum disease.
Please contact our Royal Oak dental office to schedule your next appointment for a professional cleaning and exam. At that time we can review your brushing and flossing techniques and look for signs that gum disease is developing.