This is a common question we get from our patients because, unfortunately, it is a common occurrence. However, the answer to the question is … no, bleeding gums are not normal. The reality is that about 50% of us suffer from periodontal, or gum, disease. If left untreated, advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, can lead to loss of gum tissue and loss of jaw bone. This can lead to loose teeth or tooth loss. These are the reasons why we take bleeding gums so seriously!
Gum disease is progressive and treatable, so the earlier you catch it and start treatment, the better. The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is marked by red, swollen gums and occasional bleeding when flossing or brushing. If you notice your gums bleeding, you should call your dentist and schedule an exam. Here at Grand Avenue Dental Care, we perform periodontal exams once a year for our patients. This is where we measure 6 different areas of the gum around each tooth to see how healthy your gums are. For a video that shows and demonstrates the periodontal exam, visit mouthhealthy.org.
What can you do to prevent gum disease?
Taking care of your mouth and gums is actually a pretty easy thing to do. And, even if in the past you haven’t done a good job of it, you can start now! Here are some things you can do:
- Brush for two minutes, two times a day
- Floss once a day
- See your dentist at least twice a year
- Tell your dentist or hygienist about any abnormality or pain with your teeth or gums
- Ask if there are any products than can help you at home
One product that we recommend to patients who are at risk or in early stages of periodontal disease is paradontax. Sometimes a simple thing like switching your at-home product can make a big difference! Remember- whenever you switch a product, be sure to read all instructions and directions for it, and use it appropriately. That will allow it to have the most beneficial impact on your dental health.
If you are concerned that you might be in early stages of periodontal disease or if you know that you are suffering but you have been putting off getting treatment, we urge you to make an appointment with your dentist. If you are here in southeastern Wisconsin, feel free to call us and we’d be happy to see you!
Take the first step towards a healthy mouth - see your dentist - your smile will thank you!