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Bleeding Gums in Escondido, CA

Irritated gums? Learn the causes and treatments!

Why are my gums bleeding?

  • Are your gums bright red?
  • Do your gums look swollen?
  • Do they feel irritated and tender?

Bleeding gums can be caused by a variety of issues. It’s possible that you were brushing or flossing too vigorously and the bleeding is a short-lived one-time issue. But if the problem keeps happening, it’s more likely that your bleeding gums are a sign of a bigger problem — gum disease.

The dangers of gum disease

Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is caused when bacteria in your mouth multiply to form plaque and tartar. The bacteria in these substances will eat away at and cause problems for your teeth, gums, and bone that holds your teeth in place. One of the first symptoms of gum disease that you’ll notice is bleeding gums. But it doesn’t stop there.

Left untreated, bleeding gums can turn into serious inflammation, bone loss, gum recession, and ultimately tooth loss. What’s more, gum disease is linked to systemic health issues, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.

When to see a dentist about bleeding gums

Don’t let bleeding gums go untreated. If you notice that your gums are bleeding when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, be sure to mention it to your dentist during your 6-month check-in. If your gums are randomly bleeding for no apparent reason, or if you can’t get the bleeding to stop, you must see a dentist right away.

Suffering from bleeding gums?

Tips for preventing irritated gums

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The best way to prevent bleeding gums and avoid developing gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene.

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of 2 times every day for at least 2 minutes
  • Floss once a day
  • Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months
  • Avoid smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • See your dentist twice a year for routine preventative care

If you’re in a situation where your gums won’t stop bleeding, try out these home remedies while you’re on the way to the dentist:

  • Hold a small ice pack against your gums
  • Try a warm salt water rinse — use 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 oz. of warm (not hot!) water
  • Hold a wet tea bag against your gums (limit to no more than 5 min) — the tannins in tea promote clotting

Treatments for bleeding gums in Escondido

Deep cleanings

Also known as Scaling and Root Planing (SRP), this treatment focuses on cleaning deep under your gums and along the roots of your affected teeth. A deep cleaning removes tartar buildup below your gum line, giving your gums and bone the chance to heal!

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT)

Our gums are like sponges that hold onto bacteria within the gum tissue even after a deep cleaning. We often recommend using a combination of deep cleaning and Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy for the best results.

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy involves using a high-tech laser to kill the disease-causing bacteria inside your “spongy” gum tissue. This advanced treatment is painless and does not harm your gum tissue. In fact, it strengthens your gum tissue and encourages your body to heal.

Laser bacterial reduction (LBR)

This high-tech laser treatment reduces and eliminates gum-disease causing bacteria in your mouth for up to 6 weeks! Laser bacterial reduction is quick (10 minutes at most) and a very comfortable procedure.

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Karin R.

My husband Gary recently had a new crown made at TLC Dental using a state of the art machine called Cerec. The entire procedure was completed in just a few hours start to finish and the crown is absolutely beautiful! One visit that was it! I can’t tell you how grateful he was to miss only a few hours of work to have this procedure done in 1 visit!  As my husband always tells me they are the best dentist we have ever had. So lucky to call them ours! Thank you TLC!

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Gerald E.

Excellent customer service!
From the front desk staff to the assistants!
You’ll be pleased!

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Get help today

It’s never too late to straighten your teeth. Tell us how you feel about your smile and we’ll work with you to find the perfect fix. Give us a call at (760) 741-5775 or contact us.

Our office

950 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite A
Escondido, CA 92025
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We’re located just outside of downtown Escondido and offer free on-site parking.

Call: (760) 741-5775

Hours
Monday-Thursday:
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Friday-Sunday:
Closed

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Address

950 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite A
Escondido, CA 92025
Get directions

Call: (760) 741-5775

 

Hours

Monday-Thursday:
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Friday-Sunday:
Closed

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