Lakeside Dental

My gums bleed when I brush. What's going on?

A tooth brush and tooth paste lie on a white towellGums that bleed when you brush are a typical indication that you have some level of periodontal (gum) disease. Other common signs are puffy, tender, or inflamed gums.

The most common cause of gum disease is a lack of professional preventive care and inadequate oral hygiene. Both are easily corrected, so if we catch it in its earliest stage (gingivitis) gum disease is usually easily reversible.

However, the problem is that often gum disease does not present any symptoms at all. If it goes untreated for too long, it will develop into a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. With aggressive treatment and diligent oral hygiene, periodontitis is reversible.

Without treatment, you will develop advanced periodontitis, the third and final stage of gum disease. You may notice that your teeth feel loose as the bone and tissue that support your teeth are destroyed by the infection, you may even lose teeth; this bone loss is irreversible.

Our goal is to help you understand your oral health needs so that you can be proactive and get the critical care you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Routine cleaning appointments, healthy food choices, and improved at-home oral hygiene are essential if you want to avoid the discomfort and damage that gum disease causes.

If you notice any symptoms or are overdue for a professional cleaning, please call Lakeside Dental to arrange a convenient appointment.