We are confronted almost every day with patients who
think that it is normal that their gums occasionally bleed. Very simply stated, bleeding
gums are a sign of inflammation and potentially a much more serious underlying problem!
In most cases, bleeding from the gums are associated with plaque deposits which have
resulted in gingivitis. In this stage, the tiny capillaries which nourish the gums become
engorged. Cells which combat the plaque infection begin to migrate into the gums to wage
war with the bacteria. The gums may become swollen, a bit redder and may bleed when
manipulated during brushing, flossing or chewing.
Here are some examples. None of these three patients had any idea that this was a
This is not normal. If your gums ever bleed you need to contact
our office for a
consultation! Hesitation will lead to the development of periodontitis.