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Dr. Na Xu
Healthy Smiles Family Dental
2601 25th St., Suite 400
Salem, OR 97302

P: (503) 385-1185
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Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Bleeding Gums Are PainfulAre your gums bleeding? Many people believe that their gums bleed because of brushing or flossing too harshly and that is sometimes true; but it is most often a result of regular brushing and flossing, or a failure to do so properly. This causes a build-up of plaque (deposits of bacteria) near the gumline, which is a sign of periodontal disease (gum disease). Since periodontal disease is often painless, people tend to let it go and ultimately it progresses into a serious problem.

The plaque or bacterial deposits develop as a white film that is difficult to detect by merely looking in the mirror. You'll most likely notice redness followed by bleeding and eventual irritation which occurs - the body's immune system response to the bacteria. As this white film develops, it calcifies and become difficult to remove by brushing and flossing alone. A professional deep cleaning is required at this point, and it may need to be followed by a round of antibiotics. If you choose to delay treatment, you are essentially allowing gum disease to advance with the eventuality of loss of bone and ultimately teeth.

Periodontal disease is not the only reason gums bleed; bleeding gums may also be a result of medications, elevated hormonal levels, and even systemic diseases. If your gums are bleeding, it is important that you see your dentist for a proper diagnosis and necessary treatment.

Be sure to visit our office regularly, twice yearly at least, and brush and floss daily for the best oral health. Should a problem arise, call us immediately and allow us to help you find a solution early, before the issue develops into a more serious condition.

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