Tyler, TX Dentist | Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Dentist 75703

tyler tx dentistWhile 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Smoking

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Gingivitis

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.

To schedule your visit, please contact our office today.

921 Shiloh Rd, Suite A-100
Tyler, TX 75703
903-581-1777

Dentist in Tyler, TX | Smile Source Communication Meeting

Tyler Dentist, Rick Coker: Smile Source Meeting

The whole team went to the Smile Source headquarters in Kingwood, Texas to take a day-long communication course.  We want to be able to explain a patient’s dental condition in laymen’s terms so the patient will be able to understand what we are talking about.  That way he/she can understand the options and make a more informed decision about any treatment.
Let me explain something to you…

Did you know that there are three ways a person can lose his/her teeth?
1. Decay
2. Gum Disease
3. Fit

As children most of us only knew about decay, but even adults have decay.  Most decay is caused by what you eat and drink (candy, fruit juice, sweetened sodas, etc.) Many times you know you have decay because your tooth hurts or it turns black.

How do you lose your teeth because of gum disease?  Gum disease is an infection in the gums around the roots of your teeth.  As the infection gets worse, it can destroy the bone which holds your teeth in. Symptoms of gum disease usually include puffy gums or bleeding when you floss.  Of course, if you don’t floss you may not even realize you have an infection until you discover a loose tooth.  As an adult, you shouldn’t have loose teeth so you had better get it checked.

Well, how in the world do you lose teeth because of the way your teeth fit together?  Tension, sleep apnea and even ill-fitting dental work can cause your teeth to move and change.  Some teeth may hypererupt (get longer) and bang into the opposite tooth causing damage.  You may grind your teeth while sleeping and not even know it, but suddenly you look in the mirror and find that they are all worn down and damaged.  If you have ever lost a tooth and didn’t get it replaced, the teeth on either side may have grown sideways trying to fill in the space.  Then they get banged by the opposite teeth. All of this trauma, can cause you to lose teeth.

If you want to make sure that you will keep your teeth for a life-time, keep current with your dental appointments.  To make an appointment in Tyler, TX, call Dr. Rick Coker’s Smile Studio at (903) 581-1777.