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It may not have occurred to you that small drops of blood have mixed with your saliva, when you spit out the toothpaste, or that your gums look slightly swollen. However, if you notice your gums are looking a little redder than usual, along with tender and bleeding, find out if you have gingivitis or gum disease.

Gum disease is very common, but if left untreated, can lead to a more serious disease called periodontitis, which can damage gums and destroy the jawbone.  Gum disease is treatable and very preventable with proper oral hygiene. In many cases, though, gum disease is genetic, and no matter what you do, you can acquire it; in this case, it’s best to get an appointment with Dr. Timothy R. Lund at River Rock Dental Group for treatment.

Other than gum disease, if you notice that the bleeding isn’t consistent, and your gums are sore after brushing and flossing, it could have to do with brushing too forcefully or too rough or using floss incorrectly, or the wrong floss for your gums. Also, if the floss is very thin and you have tight spaces between teeth, it could cause irritation, which may result in bleeding.

We can help control bleeding and eradicate the infection by prescribing a mouth rinse and topical antibiotic, if the dentist recommends that type of treatment. There may also be some things you can do at home. With follow-up visits, we can also keep an eye on the bleeding and ensure if you do have gum disease that it doesn’t turn into periodontal disease.

Call us today for an appointment to check for bleeding gums in Belgrade, Montana. You may reach us at 406-388-0033.