My Gums Are Bleeding! What Do I Do?

periodontitis-or-gum-disease-with-bleeding-vector-21419958.jpg

There’s a similar dissatisfied opinion when it comes to flossing. Most people wind up saying that they refuse to floss because their teeth are sore afterward and sometimes they’ll pull back on the floss to find their gums are bleeding. The mentality of “maybe I did something wrong” causes people to start slacking when it comes to oral health. Although hemophobia (fear of blood) is common among people, it’s important to realize that the bleeding, soreness, etc will recede once you fit flossing into your daily routine. “But what if the bleeding persists? What if it could be on the off-chance something else?” Well, let’s go over the facts of why your gums are bleeding in the first place…

First, let’s state the most common fact that we know: most of us, particularly when we’re younger, don’t fit flossing into the daily routine. Because of this, plaque begins to build up and make its home along the gumline. As that plaque sits there, it begins deteriorating at the gums. The body will do its best to fight back and cause us to have inflammatory gums. When someone takes a sabbatical from flossing for say, a week or so, the flossing will remove the plaque thus exposing the sensitive tissue of the gum. Thus, you’ll begin to bleed. This won’t always be the case if you keep up the routine of brushing and flossing daily. Eventually, your teeth will get stronger and your gums will be less likely be subjected to gingivitis.

However, let’s entertain the conversation that you still can’t find it in yourself to floss. This could be a very serious condition that might be related to Gum Disease. The disease can affect your overall health and leave your body open to other diseases as well - as noted many times, the gums are directly linked to the heart. If you find yourself with consistent bleeding, soreness, or any other ailments, make an appointment at Smile New Braunfels. We’re firm believers in safe and professional cosmetic procedures that allow you to retain that bright smile. Give us a call at 830-629-8011 to set up that initial examination.