One of the main causes of bleeding gums is dental plaque. It is the bacterial film that inflames and irritates gum tissue, leading to an early stage of gum disease called gingivitis that is known to result in bleeding gums.
However, there are several factors that cause the gums to bleed easily, including:
Very often, this is because you have not flossed in a long time. If it has been a while, your gums may be sensitive, irritated or even bleed when you begin your flossing routine. This is perfectly acceptable. Once you begin flossing daily, your gums should no longer bleed. In the process you will be removing the plaque from in between your gums and your teeth, helping them to be in better health.
If your gums have started to swell, there are two main causes for it. The first is that you have irritated your gums or accidentally scratched them by eating something that is particularly sharp or abrasive. The second, and most likely, is that you are suffering from an early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis typically makes your gums swell, become red and irritated. This is a warning sign that should lead you to schedule an appointment with our dental office. If you notice this early warning sign and seek treatment, a dental cleaning may be all that is necessary to treat the condition so that your gums can return to good health. Otherwise, the symptoms could become progressively worse.
If your gums are bleeding, visit our Kennewick dentist office to have your teeth examined. At Tri-city Dental Care we can examine you and determine whether they are bleeding due to simple irritation or if there is a greater health concern. You can schedule an appointment with our office by calling 509.579.0759