Dental health problems can sneak up on you. In the very early stages of tooth decay and gum disease, it is unlikely that you will not notice any symptoms. Typically, neither of them include pain until they have progressed into the serious stages. This makes it important to notice early indicators; it’s also important to maintain regular dental visits because your dentist is trained to spot early signs of problems. One symptom that you may notice could be a small amount of blood mixed in with your saliva when you brush and floss your teeth. Bleeding gums may be a signal that you have gum disease, and the signal should not be ignored.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
Bleeding gums typically do not hurt, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay. A lack of pain or discomfort can make it seem like the condition is harmless, or perhaps just the effects of brushing and flossing too hard. While sometimes gums do bleed from brushing or flossing too vigorously, bleeding gums typically indicate the development of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is the inflammation and/or infection of your gums caused by oral bacteria. If your gums are bleeding each time you brush or floss, it could be the first of many more serious and uncomfortable conditions associated with gum disease.
The Effects of Ignoring It
Just like tooth decay, gum disease is progressive, which means the longer it is allowed to develop and progress, the more damage it can cause to your gums and underlying jawbone. Gingivitis can be reversed in the very early stages, but once gum disease progresses, it cannot be cured. It can only be managed to mitigate the more sever consequences like severe inflammation, pain, recession of the tissues from your teeth, and tooth loss. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, talk to your dentist as soon as possible to address the possible causes.
It is important not to ignore bleeding gums
Bleeding gums could be a sign of something serious. To schedule a consultation with your dentist, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.