Friday, November 3, 2017

Causes of Bleeding Gums

If your gums are bleeding, Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs is here to help. Our doctors are skilled in reversing the effects of gum disease and our hygienists can give your teeth a cleaning that will help prevent infection from coming back. However, it is important to understand that bleeding gums are a serious issue, even if you only see blood while brushing and flossing.

In the vast majority of cases, bleeding gums are caused by infections in the gum pocket, the space between a tooth’s root and the gum. Bacteria here eat food debris and produce acid, which sticks to teeth as plaque. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar. The acid irritates the gum tissue, causing it to swell, become discolored, and bleed.

Regular brushing and flossing are necessary to slow plaque build-up and keep gum inflammation under control, but it is important to only use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Hard bristles can bruise the gums, making the problem worse. Removing plaque is something patients cannot do themselves. People who are pregnant, suffer from dry mouth, or are on blood thinner medication are especially at risk for gingivitis and should seek dental help.

Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit and fill out a contact sheet.


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