My gums are sore and bleed when I brush my teeth – maybe if I wait it will just go away.

If your hands became swollen and started to bleed when you washed them, you would be concerned. Yet, many people think it’s normal if their gums bleed or are swollen when they brush or floss.

Swollen and bleeding gums are a warning that something is wrong with your oral health.  It could be as simple as poor brushing and flossing techniques.  Or, it could be gingivitis, a disease caused by a buildup of plaque which contains germs that attack the healthy tissue around the teeth.  If gingivitis is not taken care of, it can lead to periodontal disease, a long-term gum condition that damages the tissue and bone that support your teeth.

With periodontal disease, your gums become inflamed and infected and pull away from the roots of your teeth causing them to become loose.  Another sign of periodontal disease is bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth which can mean you have an infection.

Bleeding gums are not normal.  It is a cause of concern. Please call Yahara Dental if you have bleeding gums, we can ease your mind, save your teeth and your smile.