Do your gums hurt? Do they feel tender or bleed when you brush your teeth? Healthy gums should not be painful or bleed. There a several reasons your gums might show signs of an impending ailment. This is why it’s essential to determine the source of the problem. Issues with your gums might indicate a minor problem that is easy to correct. On the other hand, some gum problems indicate a more severe condition. With an exam and evaluation, your dentist will look at your mouth and offer treatment options.
Don’t Overlook Sore Gums
It’s essential that you not put off seeing your dentist if you are having gum problems. Keeping your gums healthy is vital. Among several reasons, people have gums to hold their teeth in the proper position. When your gums are unhealthy, your teeth are at risk. Unsupported teeth can loosen, shift out of place, and even fall out! Maintaining the health of your gums is critical to your oral health, overall health, and general well-being.
If your gums are only slightly sore and bleed only occasionally when you brush or dental floss your teeth, do not overlook the problem. As with many oral health issues, it’s best to treat a problem as soon as it appears. Early intervention usually leads to more straightforward and faster treatment.
Following is a list of a sample of the most common reasons for gum problems:
- Using a toothbrush with hard bristles
- Having gingivitis or any stage of gum disease
- Taking certain kinds of medication
- Being pregnant or going through hormonal changes
- Wearing a prosthetic device, such as dentures, that don’t fit well
- Avoiding proper brushing and flossing due to braces or other orthodontic treatment
- Being malnourished or lacking certain vitamins
- Having certain chronic medical conditions
No matter the cause of the problems with your gums, it’s important to see your dentist. There is not a one-size-fits-all treatment for tender or bleeding gums. An evaluation of the specific cause of your problem might require treatments combined with lifestyle changes. Or, your treatment might require altering specific medications that you are taking for an unrelated medical condition.
Will Bleeding Gums Go Away?
In some cases, sore and bleeding gums is a temporary ailment that will subside with time. Several at-home remedies help ease the pain and discomfort of sore and bleeding gums. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Bieneman if you are experiencing any issues with your teeth or gums. A simple evaluation can determine if the problem will go away with time, or if more in-depth treatment is in order.
To best maintain your oral health, make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Use proper toothpaste, toothbrush, and brushing and flossing methods. Also, visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional dental cleaning, check-up, and x-rays. We are pleased to provide you with additional guidance and tips on how to keep your gums healthy the next time you’re in the office.