No one likes the sight of blood, especially when it’s coming from the mouth. However, bleeding gums sometimes fail to ignite the same sense of urgency as bleeding from an accident or injury. Maybe it’s because so many of us have experienced some degree of bleeding after brushing or flossing. The truth is that bleeding is a signal that something is wrong, and failing to heed that signal can put you on the path to consequences that extend well beyond your smile.
If you have noticed bleeding from the gums during your normal oral hygiene routine, it’s wise to consult a periodontist for further investigation. As a dentist who specializes in the health and treatment of the gums and other structures that support your teeth, a periodontist is an expert at identifying the factors that have caused your gums to bleed.
The truth is that bleeding is a signal that something is wrong, and failing to heed that signal can put you on the path to consequences that extend well beyond your smile.
For some patients, bleeding may be experienced only during flossing. For others, the problem might occur after brushing a certain area. The bleeding may or may not be painful, which is why the issue should not be dismissed if it doesn’t hurt. Regardless of the amount of bleeding or the level of pain, seeking professional care is the best way to prevent more serious problems.
Since bleeding is often accompanied by inflammation, you might first notice puffy gums that are red or irritated. While this can certainly make your smile look unattractive, remember that the rest of your body could be suffering as well. The constant irritation and inflammation can take a toll on your immune system, it could raise your risk for heart disease, strokes, and it can make your diabetes more difficult to control. In pregnancy, this sign of gum disease can complicate your pregnancy, creating the risk of a premature delivery or a baby that is born underweight.
The sight of blood, whether it is a small amount or an excessive amount, should prompt you to consult a periodontist right away for advice on how to prevent the problem from progressing any further.
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