While brushing or flossing your teeth, do you notice blood on your toothbrush or in the sink? Swollen, red, or tender gums can bleed when brushing or flossing, even if you are brushing gently. While it may seem harmless, it is important that you do not ignore these symptoms as they may be signs of a more serious issue. Here are four reasons why your gums may be bleeding, and what you can do for prevention.
- Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily is recommended. However, this routine might still cause your gums to bleed. Bleeding gums can be a consequence of flossing too hard. Use soft bristle toothbrushes for a gentler cleaning.
Inhaling smoke can leave toxins on the teeth that irritate gums and cause them to bleed. Smoking can cause your immune system to be compromised, and prevent tissues from healing correctly. Quitting cigarette use will reduce bleeding gums. If you smoke, be sure to schedule an extra oral examination with our team to evaluate your gum health.
- Nutritionally Poor Diet
A healthy lifestyle is beneficial to every aspect of your health. Eating junk food high in sugar content can cause decay and lead to poor oral health. A balanced diet and proper oral hygiene can reduce the risk of bleeding gums.
Plaque and bacteria can build up on your teeth and become inflamed. Gingivitis is often symptom free. The one symptom that typically appears is bleeding gums, which is usually ignored because it is generally painless. Gingivitis is preventable by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing regularly to reduce plaque build-up. Schedule an appointment with us today if you suspect you have gingivitis.
If your gums regularly bleed, it is important that you contact our office. Our team can provide a complete oral examination and recommend proper treatment. Your oral health can significantly impact your overall health. For a healthy life, start by maintaining healthy gums.
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A smile that shows too much of the gums is sometimes referred to as a “gummy smile.” While a gummy smile is not a health concern, it can be an aesthetic concern. Someone who has a gummy smile may feel self-conscious about the appearance of his or her smile and may try to avoid smiling with his or her mouth open out of embarrassment. A gum lift procedure can quickly and easily remedy this situation and provide beautiful results. It is a relatively fast and quite simple procedure, but it has a major impact on the appearance of the patient’s entire face.
Correcting a Gummy Smile With a Gum Lift
- A cosmetic gum lift, also known as crown lengthening or a gingivectomy, is done by a periodontist. In the past, crown lengthening was used to treat gum disease. Today, however, it is used as a cosmetic procedure to even out the gum line and show more of the teeth, resulting in a smile that looks bigger and more beautiful.
- For patients who have gums that cover a large portion of their front teeth, or for patients whose upper lip comes up high, a gum lift is often the perfect solution. Almost anyone who feels self conscious about his or her gums is likely to be a good candidate for a gum lift.
- Gum lifts are often part of a smile makeover, particularly when veneers are involved. If the patient desires a larger or less gummy smile, the gum lift will be completed before any other procedures (such as the application of porcelain veneers). Some time must pass in between gum contouring and the application of veneers or other cosmetic treatments to allow the gums to heal.
The Gum Lift Procedure
- Getting a gum lift makes a big difference in the appearance of the smile, and in many cases, the procedure is painless.
- The first step is for the patient to receive light sedation and anesthesia for the gums to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient.
- Next, the periodontist removes a small portion of the gums and bone to make the teeth that show when the patient smiles appear longer, larger, and more symmetrical.
- Finally, the gums are sutured into their proper places, creating an even, attractive gum line.
Having gums that cover too much of the teeth detracts from the beauty of one’s smile. Fortunately, a gummy smile can be easily and painlessly corrected with a simple gum contouring procedure. There is no need to continue to allow your gummy smile to make you feel insecure about your appearance. If you are looking for a dentist to fix your gummy smile, contact Dr. Rick Coker’s Smile Studio in Tyler, TX.