Blood in the Sink?
Our Caring Northridge Dentist can Treat Your Bleeding Gums Caused by Gingivitis
Perhaps you’ve noticed a bit of blood in the sink when you’re brushing your teeth each day. Is bleeding when brushing normal? Should you be concerned? While bleeding when you brush can be a symptom of something innocent like a new flossing habit or a new toothbrush, it could also be a sign that you have developed a case of gingivitis. Gingivitis can develop into an even more serious condition and deserves attention from a skilled dentist.
At Sterling Smile dental, our Northridge dental professionals can determine whether you may be experiencing gingivitis and can provide next steps on how restore health to your gums and teeth. Read on to learn more about gingivitis, and contact a San Fernando Valley dentist at Sterling Smile Dental to arrange an appointment if you’re experiencing bleeding gums when brushing.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an infection of the gums resulting from plaque along the gum line that is not removed through brushing or dental cleanings. Gums affected by gingivitis can become inflamed, tender, and may bleed while you brush. People who have developed gingivitis may also notice that they suffer from bad breath, that their gums have receded, and that their teeth have become more sensitive. Gingivitis left unchecked can develop into more advanced gum or bone disease, which can cause more permanent damage to your teeth and mouth.
How is gingivitis treated?
Consistent brushing and flossing habits are critical to eliminating gingivitis, but they may not be enough. Regular professional cleanings are also very important, and they allow your dentist to monitor the health of your gums after a diagnosis of gingivitis. During these appointments, your dentist can measure the depth of your gum tissue and assess whether they are recovering after an initial diagnosis. Your dentist may need to prescribe medicated rinses or toothpastes that are designed to kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis. In some cases, the alignment of the jaw or positioning of the teeth make it difficult to reach all areas of the mouth when brushing at home. If this is the case, your dentist can help you develop strategies for reaching these difficult areas during your appointment.
Don’t let your gums fall prey to disease. If you’re in need of caring, gentle, and thorough dental care in the San Fernando Valley, contact the skilled dental professionals at Sterling Smile Dental for a checkup and cleaning at 818-885-7117.