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Why Are Your Gums Bleeding?

February 28, 2024

Your gums are an amazing biological mechanism designed to protect your teeth and prevent oral diseases. They’re made of a soft kind of skin that forms a tight seal to cover the bones of your mouth and teeth to keep everything in place. Without the correct gum care, bacteria and food particles can find their way in and around your teeth, which could lead to gum disease.

All of us here at the office of PerioCare Hawaii have specialized training and expertise in treating gum diseases and related conditions. We are committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in periodontics to provide the best care for our patients.

If you ever see or feel your gums bleeding, one or some of these reasons could be why.

You brush with too much pressure and/or with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Be kind by brushing your teeth and gums with gentle up-and-down and round motions. Use a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles, and replace it every three to four months. 

Your dentures need to be refitted. They felt fine when you first got them, but the shape of your gums changed over time and now rub against your dentures. Your gums are swollen and have developed painful sores. See your dentist as soon as possible for a new pair of dentures. 

Oral hygiene isn’t high on your to-do list. In addition to giving you bad breath, skipping brushing and flossing irritates your gums to the point where they bleed. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice and day. True dental hygiene aficionados use a water flosser between their nighttime string flossing and tooth-brushing. 

You take long breaks from flossing. Then, when you do get back to it, your gums must again become used to it. They will calm down after about a week. And become steadfastly dedicated to flossing! No more long—or even short—breaks!

Unfortunately, you might have gingivitis (early-stage gum disease). Bacteria on your teeth has turned to plaque. When you don’t remove this sticky film every day, your gums can become swollen, inflamed and bloody. You don’t want gum disease. Studies show that the bacteria that accumulate in the mouth can find their way into the bloodstream, causing inflammation of the blood vessels and increasing your risk of heart disease.

PerioCare Hawaii prioritizes our patients’ needs and well-being. Our team is dedicated to creating a comfortable and supportive environment, where open communication and collaboration play a crucial role in the treatment process. Please call us today for an appointment. 

Periocare, the office of Braden C. Seamons, DDS is the most technologically advanced periodontal practice in Hawaii. Our innovative approach includes state of the art Laser Surgery, an implant system with unequalled biologic compatibility and 21st century 3D Imaging.