What does it mean when my gums bleed?

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, it’s time to schedule a dental exam so we can find out what’s causing the bleeding. Contrary to popular belief, it is not normal for your gums to bleed under any circumstances. Sometime, if the bleeding is in one area, it may mean that you have something lodged under your gums. We can help you remove it so that your gums can heal.

More often than not, patients come to us with general bleeding in their gums and that is an indication of a serious underlying condition called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that has many negative effects on your body. Scientists discovered a link between periodontal disease and early death due to heart attacks and strokes.

The only way to accurately determine the cause of your bleeding is to do an exam. First, Dr. Grizzle will visually inspect the affected area. Next, he may take measurements of your gums to determine the presence and severity of the infection. Then, he may request an x-ray to determine what is happening inside the tooth and below your gum line.

One he makes a diagnosis, he can recommend treatment to help get you back on track to excellent health and wellness.