Bleeding gums: Normal or a sign of something really bad?

Do you have bleeding gums? If so, this could indicate something minor, such as not properly brushing...

Do you have bleeding gums? If so, this could indicate something minor, such as not properly brushing or flossing your teeth, but it could also mean that you have gum disease or an infection. When you see blood on your toothbrush or floss, do not ignore it. Early treatment can mean the difference between good oral health and massive dental work. Talk to your Atlanta-based dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Many people having bleeding gums because of improper brushing techniques, or because they neglect to floss. When you brush your teeth, make sure to move the brush in small, circular motions along the gum line on the inside and outside of your teeth. This cleans the plaque, tartar and bacteria from your teeth and gums in the most efficient and productive manner. Make sure to floss at least once per day to remove debris and plaque from in between all of your teeth. You can use standard floss or more innovative flossers that come with handles.

When you go in for your appointment with a dentist in Atlanta, she will clean and inspect your teeth for signs of gum disease. If you do end up having gum disease, your dentist may prescribe you a special toothpaste and mouthwash that will help eliminate harmful bacteria and will help your gums heal. Regular treatment can reverse gum disease, but without correction gum disease can lead to major dental problems, such as gum line decay, severe gum infection or even tooth loss.

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