Meadow Creek Family Dentistry

Why do my gums bleed when I brush?

If your gums bleed when you brush, there’s a good chance you have gum disease, an infection that attacks your gums and the supporting structures of your teeth. 

Without treatment, periodontal disease eventually causes the the bone in your jaw to disintegrate and pull away from your teeth. This will cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. Unfortunately, gum disease is widespread; in fact, it is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is that in its earliest stage, gum disease is usually treatable with a thorough professional cleaning.

People of any age can get gum disease, and it occurs when plaque is allowed to sit on the teeth. If you don’t remove plaque daily when you brush and floss, it will form tartar (calculus), a breeding ground for the bacteria that lead to gum disease.

Proper oral hygiene, combined with routine exams and cleaning appointments, are your best bet for avoiding gum disease and the dental problems that go with it. If it has been a while since your last cleaning, please call Meadow Creek Family Dentistry to arrange an appointment. We will perform a thorough exam, and if we find signs of gum disease, we will develop a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.