Bleeding Gums

Help! I broke my tooth!

Whether you are seeing a dentist regularly or not, changes in your dental health or even dental emergencies can pop up. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, we recommend that you call your dentist as soon as possible, so that you can be treated and given the care that you need. 

Help! I … 

… broke my tooth!

A broken tooth can mean a wide variety of treatment, depending on the severity of the break. Sometimes a chip or a small break can be treated with a simple filling. A bigger break in the tooth might require something more like a crown. There are also certain times in which a tooth cannot be saved and would need to be removed. However, at Grand Avenue Dental Care, we are in the business of saving your teeth, so we will do everything we can to help you with a broken tooth!

… have sore gums!

Sore or bleeding gums are abnormal and should never be considered part of your brushing or flossing routine. If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist. It could be something as simple as having something stuck in your gums or it could be a sign of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Periodontal disease is treatable, but the earlier you can treat it, the better.

… have soreness in my jaw!

A sore jaw can be attributed to a couple of things. It could be that you simply strained the muscles of your joint and it will feel better in a couple days. However, if you are having soreness or pain in your jaw joint that doesn’t go away, or comes and goes frequently, you should schedule an exam with your dentist. Sometimes this is a sign of grinding your teeth while you sleep or clenching during stress. Either way, this can affect your tempera-mandibular joint (TMJ) and it is something your dentist can help you with before it becomes more problematic. 

At Grand Avenue Dental Care, regardless of what your dental concern is, we are here to help you through the process. With our caring staff and the latest in dental technologies, such as 3D x-ray, we make the process as less-invasive, caring and efficient as possible. Call us today if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms!


My gums are bleeding. Is that normal?

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

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:

  1. Brush for two minutes, two times a day
  2. Floss once a day
  3. See your dentist at least twice a year
  4. Tell your dentist or hygienist about any abnormality or pain with your teeth or gums
  5. 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!