When to Worry About Bleeding Gums

Bleeding Gums is Something You Should Worry About

Gums bleeding for no reason? Not sure if you should be concerned? Want to manage this at home rather than visiting a dentist?

Unfortunately, when it comes to bleeding gums, you must take action regardless of the stage or how light your symptoms are.

We’re not afraid to tell you that gum disease is serious, and you have to act fast to avoid several consequences

Taking early action is our best advice because you are likely in the stage where we can reverse gum disease and protect your oral health.

Gum disease, once it progresses past gingivitis, cannot be cured or reversed.

It can only be managed.

So, if you’ve only just started to notice symptoms, please act fast to avoid receding gums, wobbly teeth, tooth loss and more.

See a dentist immediately if:

  • Your gums bleed when brushing, flossing or eating.
  • You have plaque or tartar build-up.
  • Gums are tender, painful or swollen.
  • You have bad breath or a bad taste.

You’ll need an emergency appointment if teeth are becoming loose or falling out. You notice ulcers or red patches in the mouth or experience very sore and swollen gums.

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How to stop gum bleeding

You can control and stop bleeding gums by treating gingivitis and gum disease. The two best ways to do this are regular hygiene appointments, deep cleaning sessions, better at-home hygiene and, in some instances, seeing a periodontal specialist.

  1. Hygiene appointments: One every three months, as opposed to one every six until we can see progress. This will involve root scaling and planing. Book.
  2. Deep hygiene clean: Every six months, clean deeper into the gum and remove traces of bacteria.
  3. Improved at-home routine: Floss, brush twice daily with an electric toothbrush and sometimes use medical mouthwash specifically targeted for gum disease.

Pro tip: If you’re part of the 20% of people who stop brushing an area of the mouth if it starts to bleed, don’t ignore it. Keep brushing your teeth and the affected area so as not to make things worse.


Ignoring bleeding gums

You might think you can ignore bleeding gums now, but when the disease progresses, and your symptoms worsen, you’ll likely be urged to do something about it – and then it might be too late.

Ignoring bleeding gums can cause your gums to recede, teeth to become wobbly, tooth roots to be exposed, and teeth to fall out. Tooth loss is an eventuality.

Stages of gum disease

There are four stages of gum disease, and once you progress past the gingivitis stage, there is nothing we can do to reverse the condition, but rather merely contain it and prevent it from taking your teeth.

  1. Healthy gums and teeth
  2. Gingivitis (red, swollen gums)
  3. Periodontal pockets (black triangular pockets forming between teeth)
  4. Periodontitis (receding gums and tooth loss)

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What stage are you in?

Symptoms of gingivitis

  • Pink, inflamed gums
  • Plaque and tartar build-up
  • Bad breath

Symptoms of periodontal disease

  • Bleeding, throbbing gums
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Wobbly, loose teeth
  • Bad breath and unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Bright red gum appearance

Learn the signs.

Symptoms of periodontitis

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Painful chewing
  • Receding gums (making teeth appear longer)
  • Periodontal pockets

Gum disease is very worrying – especially when it can eat away at your gums and teeth, and no one wants to be left wearing dentures if they can help it. If you’re close to Hertfordshire and want to see one of our periodontists (specialists in gum disease), then click here to make an appointment.

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