Bleeding Gums

One of the many symptoms of gum disease is bleeding gums. This is usually a sign that your gums have become inflamed or infected. Gums that bleed can be sore and painful. Bleeding gums is a symptom that should be addressed as soon as possible. Dr. Dan Gholson provides periodontal care for La Crosse, WI and can answer your questions about how to stop bleeding gums. 

To help with bleeding gums during brushing, try switching from a manual toothbrush to an electric toothbrush. These devices often help patients remove plaque more effectively.  Also, make sure that you are using a brush that has soft, nylon bristles. Taking these two steps can help to prevent unnecessary injury to the tissues and teeth. If your brushing is overly aggressive, the use of an electric toothbrush is highly recommended.

Be gentle while flossing. Take your time to ensure that you are sliding the floss up and down gently between your teeth and under the gums to remove plaque. If your gums are bleeding, this is often a sign that they are not healthy. It is important to continue with a gentle flossing and brushing routine even if your gums are tender and bleeding.

With poor oral hygiene, bacteria in your mouth can also be a cause of bleeding gums. The bacteria cause inflammation, leading the gums to bleed easily. Bleeding gums from poor dental hygiene can be an early sign of periodontal or gum disease. Your gums may bleed more frequently as the periodontal disease progresses to the later stages. It is important to have periodontal disease treated as early as possible to prevent further destruction of the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth.

If you are experiencing bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gholson, a periodontist that provides periodontal care for La Crosse, WI. Dr. Gholson can recommend a plan to restore your oral health.