Why do my gums bleed when I brush?
It is certainly not normal for your teeth to bleed when you brush. In fact, bleeding gums is a common sign of periodontal disease.
If you have gum disease, you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that half of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease.
One reason that gum disease is so prevalent is because it can develop without any symptoms. Or, you may have symptoms and not realize that they indicate gum disease. Some signs to look for are:
- Bleeding when you brush
- Inflamed, swollen, or tender gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Chronic bad breath
The most common cause of periodontal disease is improper oral hygiene. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t take care of your teeth. But you may not be brushing properly, meaning that you don’t get the most out of your daily routine.
For this reason, it is critical that you schedule regular professional cleanings with a qualified dental hygienist. A trained hygienist can spot gum disease long before you notice any symptoms.
During a cleaning, your hygienist can also show you the proper way to brush and floss your teeth. An effective at-home hygiene routine can go a long way toward preventing periodontal disease from developing in the first place.
If you’re due for a dental cleaning, please contact our Temple dental office. We will be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our Registered Dental Hygienists.