What are bleeding gums a symptom of?
Bleeding gums can be caused by a variety of things such as brushing and flossing too vigorously. But if your gums won’t stop bleeding, or they always look and feel swollen, it’s likely a sign that you’re suffering from one of the most common (but dangerous) oral health issues — gum disease.
Why gum disease causes gums to bleed:
- Gum disease starts when plaque accumulates
- Plaque eventually hardens into tartar
- Tartar irritates your gums, causing inflammation and swelling
- Swollen gums are more likely to bleed
When to be concerned about bleeding gums
However, because of the connection between irritated gums and periodontal disease, it’s always best to monitor the situation closely. Give us a call if you don’t notice an improvement in a day or so, or if it’s been more than 6 months since your last dental cleaning and exam.
How to treat bleeding gums
That’s what we’re here for. Give us a call at (816) 429-5799 and we’ll evaluate your situation and make the best recommendation for you.
Evaluate the health of your gums
Get an exam, diagnosis, and custom treatment plan
Begin treatment and learn how to stop bleeding gums
Your treatment plan will depend on your diagnosis. It’s important to get a professional diagnosis so you can find the right solution!
Answers to your questions
Why do my gums bleed after going to the dentist?
If it’s been a while since you visited the dentist, your professional teeth cleaning might cause your gums to bleed a bit. During a cleaning, your hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar that’s built up since your last visit. This can make your gums feel a little tender afterward, but it should clear up in a day or so. In the meantime, an over-the-counter pain reliever will do the trick.
How long do bleeding gums take to heal?
Unless you’re suffering from gum disease, random gum bleeding should stop within 3 days. If the bleeding persists or if your gums are constantly bleeding, call us right away.
Can you stop bleeding gums at home?
Try out these at-home tricks to stop the bleeding until you can get in to see your dentist:
- Hold an ice pack against your gums
- Try a warm salt water rinse
- Hold a clean, damp gauze against the affected area or try a wet tea bag containing tannins
How can you prevent bleeding gums?
- Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes
- Floss once a day
- Avoid smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco
- Visit us every 6 months (or as directed) for a professional exam and cleaning
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