Gum Disease Usually Begins With Gingivitis or Bleeding Gums

Periodontal Disease is the medical term for “bleeding gums” and it can begin without notice until one day when you see blood after flossing or brushing your teeth.  If ignored, this condition worsens until teeth become sensitive to hot and cold or until tooth loss.  This first phase of gum disease can be turned around, providing your dentist is consulted and your teeth are properly cleaned at intervals that may be more often than every six months.

This disease is caused by a substance called plaque which builds up on our teeth between brushings.  Plaque forms a sticky film around the teeth most prominent at the gum line.  When plaque hardens and is called tartar.  Tartar sticks like glue to the teeth and can form at or below below the gum line.  This tartar can be sharp in places and is hard like a stone.  The irritation tartar causes can infect the gums and cause them to bleed easily.


Most people believe the bleeding gums symptoms are not very common, but in fact, over 50% of people over 30 have some form of gum disease.  Here are some of the symptoms of gingivitis.

Gum Disease Presents Itself in the Following Ways —  Consult Your Dentist If You have These Symptoms.

  • Tender gums which are red and swollen
  • Constant Bad Breath
  • Gums which bleed easily
  • If you notice changes in the way your top teeth meet the bottom ones while chewing
  • Gums which have pulled away from the teeth
  • Gums which are red, tender to touch, or are swollen
  • If your partial dentures no longer fit in the normal way

Gingivitis or bleeding gums is a periodontal disease which is treatable and in most cases reversible.  However, you must see your dentist for treatments.  Removing the tartar which is irritating the gums and causing the bleeding and infection can only be done by professionals using the special instruments designed to remove the tartar at or below the gum line.

Call us now at 772-465-4545 for an appointment if you are experiencing bleeding gums.



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