Cornerstone Dental Missoula
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Why do my gums bleed when I brush?

If your gums bleed when you brush, there is a good chance it’s caused by periodontal disease. Inflamed or swollen gums and bad breath are two other symptoms you may notice.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums and affects about half of all Americans over age 30. It may present with symptoms, or it may not. A lack of symptoms is one reason why gum disease is so prevalent. It may seem like nothing is wrong, but the infection is already damaging your gums and other structures that support your teeth.

Gum disease destroys healthy bone and gum tissue and can ultimately lead to tooth loss if not treated. The good news is that treatment is easy if we get to the infection promptly. Gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, can usually be resolved with a professional dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene practices.

Without treatment, periodontitis, a severe form of infection, develops and can lead to bone loss and tooth loss. Periodontitis treatment requires a treatment plan that involves frequent professional cleanings and antibiotics.

If your gums bleed when you brush, please call our Missoula dental office. We will be happy to schedule a cleaning with one of our skilled hygienists.

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