Helma Philips, DDS
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My Gums Are Bleeding—What Can I Do?

February 28, 2022
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Posted By: Helma Philips, DDS Dental Team
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Gums bleed for a variety of reasons, and sometimes the cause is not serious:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Flossing too hard
  • Minor injury (Example: Toothpick poke)

Other times, you may be dealing with a severe issue like anemia. It may also be that you have problems that require intervention from your Midtown, NYC dentist.

Bleeding Gums: What You Should Know

If you’re brushing and flossing correctly and have not poked your gum with a sharp object, bleeding is a concern.

One of the common causes of bleeding gums is gingivitis or gum disease.

Gingivitis is an early-stage gum disease, and we can reverse it with intervention. On the other hand, gum disease or periodontitis is more severe and merely treatable.

What Is Gingivitis and Gum Disease

Gingivitis means early-stage inflammation and infections in the gums and tissues that support your teeth. Periodontal disease is similar but more severe.

Without intervention, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and health complications, including heart health issues, lung problems, and it has been linked to chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Signs of gingivitis or gum disease can be subtle at first, but over time, you may notice:

  • Bleeding and inflamed gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that lingers despite brushing
  • Loose teeth or mobile shifting teeth
  • An elongated appearance to the teeth as gums pocket and tissue recedes
  • Periodic or chronic toothaches

Gum Disease Treatment in New York, NY

If your gums bleed without provocation, it’s essential to see our dentist. If you require gum disease treatment, this can include special rinses, antibiotics, specialized cleanings below the gumline, and a prescribed oral health routine at home.

Providing Gentle Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease is preventable with regular dental care and teeth cleanings.

If it has been a while since you’ve visited our dental office for a checkup or if you suspect gum disease, give us a call today.

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