Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

As our cosmetic dentist, Mark Sweeny, DDS, explains in the video below, bleeding gums usually point either to minor injury or gum disease. At Austin Dental Spa, we’re equipped with state-of-the-art techniques and technology to ensure each patient gets the best possible periodontal care. Our patients are always welcome to reach out with questions related to gum health or any other oral health concern.

“Bleeding gums are sometimes caused by minor injuries,” says Dr. Sweeney, “like biting into a tortilla chip or a six-year-old falling down on the playground.” Minor bleeding, he continues, does not usually require a trip to the dentist’s office. Small injuries like these tend to heal themselves rather quickly. “But a gum tissue infection,” he continues, “is a totally different thing.” 

How do you know if your bleeding gums are the result of infection rather than injury? Says Dr. Sweeney, “If you spit water into the sink after brushing and it’s pink, that’s your first warning sign.” 

Such a sign should never be ignored! Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease affects around 50% of Americans, and, when left untreated, can progress into a permanent infection. The condition is caused by a buildup of plaque around the gums that slowly begins to attack the teeth and jawbone. Along with bleeding, other symptoms of periodontal disease include swollen, puffy, or sore gums. The first stage of infection, gingivitis, can be reversed when treated early enough – but the second stage, periodontitis, is not reversible. 

According to Dr. Sweeney, patients often try to treat their gum disease at home. While a Waterpik® can be used to keep the gums clean in the short run, he stresses that gum disease needs to be treated by a dental professional. A toothbrush cannot combat gum disease to the same extent as our innovative dental technology. Bacteria under the gum tissue can be removed with deep cleaning and root planing, and even more advanced gum disease can be managed with laser treatment and antibiotic therapy. No matter the course of treatment needed, it’s always best to have an experienced dentist like Dr. Sweeney or Dr. Jordan Slagter on your side.

Our team at Austin Dental Spa has treated numerous patients with gum disease. If you notice bleeding or other symptoms, Dr. Sweeney encourages you to give us a call