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Why do I have bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums:

Bleeding gums are one of the most common dental problems that we see at Corio Central Dental. Patients usually experience bleeding gums for a long time or even most of their life and learn to live with this condition. Bleeding gums are the body’s way of letting you know that something is not quite right and management is needed. Gums may bleed spontaneously, while eating or while toothbrushing.

Some common reasons why gums bleed:

  • gingivitis
  • periodontal disease
  • hormonal imbalance
  • too long since last dental clean
  • toothbrushing too quick
  • incorrect toothbrushing technique
  • incorrect flossing
  • poorly fitting denture
  • poorly fitting filling
  • poorly fitting crown and bridge
  • viral infection
  • bacterial infection
  • fungal infection
  • trauma
  • partially erupted wisdom tooth
  • pregnancy
  • adolescence
  • medication side effects

Are bleeding gums serious?

Yes! Although, it may be completely pain free, bleeding gums can progress to a more serious dental disease. Managing the problem early is usually less expensive, too.

How do I fix bleeding gums?

There are a variety of reasons that may cause your gums to bleed, so the first step is to find the cause. The best place to start, is to see one of our amazing dentists for a consultation. It may be as simple as a look inside your mouth and some photos, or we may require further x-rays to be taken. If the cause is related to dental care / lack of dental care – we will instruct you on best practices for your particular case and may offer a professional dental clean. If the cause of bleeding gums is related to existing dental work which is in poor condition like –

  • poorly fitting denture
  • poorly fitting filling
  • poorly fitting crown and bridge

Our dentist will offer recommendations on replacing or adjusting this existing dental work to make your gums more happy and healthy.

How much does it cost?

A basic consultation to discuss your bleeding gums would cost $55. If you have not been for a dental check up, in some time, we would recommend the comprehensive dental examination package fo $195. This includes:

  • comprehensive examination
  • addressing all your dental concerns
  • intraoral photography
  • unlimited x-rays, as required
  • written treatment plan with all recommendations and costs
  • professional dental clean
  • prophylactic polish

Which toothbrush should I use?

A lot of patients are concerned about finding the “perfect” toothbrush and toothpaste, to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Luckily, all toothbrushes and toothpastes are OK at cleaning your teeth and gums. HOWEVER, this is not enough! A thorough dental examination at least once every 6mths is essential to ensure your teeth are healthy and gums never bleed again.

 

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