When you were brushing your teeth this morning, and you spit the water you used with your toothpaste into the sink, did you notice anything out of the ordinary? Did you notice blood in your sink?
If you notice blood in the sink after you brush your teeth or you notice your gums are bleeding after you floss, you may have gum disease. Here is some additional information about gum disease and how it can be treated.
What Do My Bleeding Gums Have To Do With Gum Disease?
Red, bleeding, or swollen gums are usually the first sign of gum disease. Bacteria in your mouth cause gum disease.
While having some mouth bacteria is good, other mouth bacteria can cause both tooth decay and gum disease. In the first stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, your gums may be red instead of a healthy pink. You might also notice that some of your gum tissue looks puffy or swollen or you might also notice your gums bleed when you are brushing or flossing.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. While this sounds horrible, gingivitis is treatable.
How to Treat Gum Disease
Gingivitis, or Stage One of gum disease, is easily treatable. You need to amp up your brushing and flossing routine. You need to brush after every meal, or at least once in the morning and once in the evening.
When you brush, be sure and brush your gumline as well as your teeth. That will help get rid of the bad bacteria that cause gum disease.
When you are flossing, you need to floss twice a day as well to get rid of any food trapped between your teeth. Think of flossing as a way to work out your gum tissue so that it gets stronger and more resistant to infection. If you are worried about your gum health, we can help.