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Why Do My Gums Bleed?

We often discuss the health and appearance of our teeth, but gum health is vital for safeguarding your smile. When your gums bleed or feel sore, this could be a sign of a serious problem, one you should see the dentist for right away.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gingivitis and Bleeding Gums

Question: What causes inflammation?

Answer: Our gums can become inflamed for a number of different reasons. Poor oral hygiene can allow plaque buildup to form, which irritates the gum tissue can leads to gingivitis. Smoking and tobacco use also leads to inflammation, as well as family history of gingival problems. We will assess the cause of your problem as we choose the most appropriate treatment option.

Question: Besides bleeding gums, what other signs should I watch for?

Answer: You may experience soreness or notice redness as well. If some cases, gum recession can occur. If one or more of these symptoms seems familiar, then contact our team. Treating the problem early is essential for safeguarding the gums against serious threats.

Question: How does gingivitis lead to gum disease?

Answer: Without treatment, the inflammation can eventually make the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Soon, harmful bacteria can infiltrate these pockets, leading to the onset of gum disease. While gingivitis can be reversed, gum disease cannot and will require periodic treatment to manage.

Question: How do you treat inflammation?

Answer: We can often perform a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, to remove all plaque and tartar from the roots and tooth surfaces. We can also use advanced laser dentistry to remove plaque and infected tissue with precision. In addition, we can discuss proper brushing and flossing methods to help you secure optimal gum health. If you have any questions about avoiding gum inflammation, then contact our team today. We’re ready to help you enjoy a healthy smile for years to come!

Do You Have Questions About Protecting Your Gums?

Dr. Lawson and our team can help safeguard your gums from gingivitis and gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

 

Do You Have An Uneven Smile?

Dr. Lawson and our team want to help you enjoy a more even and healthy smile. To learn more about our clear and esthetically-pleasing orthodontic solutions, schedule a consultation by:

calling our dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

We also serve residents of Waukee, Grimes, Johnston, and Clive, IA.

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