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Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

If your gums are bleeding, visit our Woodland Hills dentist office to have your teeth examined. At Woodland Hills Dentistry 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 91364 office by calling (818) 225-9410. In the meantime, here is what you need to know about your gums.

Symptoms of Gum Disease that You Should Watch For

At Woodland Hills Dentistry, we encourage you to keep an eye on your gum health and call us if any of these signs persist for longer than a week –

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Red or irritated gums
  • Your teeth appear longer

If you notice any of these symptoms, the best thing to do is call a Woodland Hills dentist for an official diagnosis. Self-treating can lead to additional problems because you may not be addressing the actual cause of the problem. You can schedule an appointment with our office by calling (818) 225-9410.

Causes of Gum Disease

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Plaque and tartar buildup underneath the gum tissue
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Some medications

How to Manage and Treat Gum Disease

There are several ways to prevent gum disease and the symptoms that arise from it. If you have already experienced symptoms of bleeding or swollen gums, following these steps will still help you, but it is wise to visit our Scottsdale for an examination so that we can make customized treatment recommendations. In the meantime, you can manage your symptoms by doing the following –

Brush and floss regularly. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and when you do, use a soft or electric toothbrush. Make sure that you are brushing food away from your gums and towards the center of your mouth. This is important to prevent plaque buildup at your gum line. Flossing should be at least once per day and you must make sure to go all the way down along the sides of your teeth.

Use an antiseptic mouthwash. Another way to kill bacteria is to use an antiseptic mouthwash. This is an easy way to kill some of the bacteria that you have not been able to brush away and you may notice that your gums feel instantly better after using it.

Have your teeth cleaned twice a year. At Woodland Hills Dentistry, we encourage you to visit our Woodland Hills dental office twice per year so that we can clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that was left behind from your daily brushing. This is your best defense against gum disease or even some of the subtle symptoms like bleeding and swelling.

Stop smoking. More than bad for your lungs, using tobacco products is also bad for your oral health. Not only can it lead to oral cancer but it also increases your risk for gum disease.

Schedule a deep cleaning. If you already have gum disease we may recommend that you have a deep cleaning or root planning and scaling procedure. This allows the dentist to remove tartar and plaque that has built up underneath the gum tissue. The procedure is typically completed in two to four appointments but it works incredibly well for removing the cause of the problem.

Q&A Gums Bleeding

Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

When you brush your teeth, the bristles will often go immediately over or next to your gums. Gum tissue is sensitive and if you are using a hard toothbrush or brushing too aggressively you can scratch and irritate them. Our suggestion is to switch to an electric or battery operated toothbrush because you can get an excellent clean without having to apply a lot of pressure. This should provide your gums with needed relief.

Why do my gums bleed when I floss?

Very often, this is because you have not flossed in a long time. If it has been awhile, 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. At Woodland Hills Dentistry we can show you how to floss your teeth properly to ensure that you are getting a really good clean. Call (818) 225-9410 and let us know if your gums continue to bleed after a week of flossing daily.

Why are my gums swollen?

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 Woodland Hills 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.

Why are my gums sensitive when I eat or brush my teeth?

You could have gum disease. Even in the early stages, this condition can make your gums sensitive and irritated. Otherwise, you could have eaten something acidic or abrasive that is making them temporarily sensitive but this should pass within a day or so.

If you have further questions about your gums, call (818) 225-9410 and schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will be happy to answer your questions, examine you and provide you with treatment recommendations.

At Woodland Hills Dental Office, we’re here to assist you with your oral health needs no matter your age or condition of your teeth. 91364 area Dentist.

At Woodland Hills Dentistry we always try to treat you right away so you do not experience unnecessary discomfort. Simultaneously, you can count on us to restore your tooth in a way that is both beautiful and natural-looking. To schedule an appointment, call (818) 225-9410.

How do I schedule my next checkup?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.

If you live in the 91364 area, don’t delay in scheduling your dental exam. Call (818) 225-9410 today.

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