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So many people think it is normal for their gums to bleed when they brush and/or floss their teeth. Sadly, this could not be more untrue. You would be worried if your hands bled every time you washed them!

Take it is as a red flag that when your gums are swollen or bleeding they are infected with bacteria. This infection will spread if left untreated, the bacteria will destroy the supporting structures and jawbone that keep your teeth in place. With insufficient tooth structure your teeth will become mobile, possibly abscessed and eventually need to be extracted or may possibly fall out on their own. You can almost compare it to a foundation on a house ... if the foundation isn’t strong the walls will crumble.

This type of bacteria turns into dental plaque, which then turns into Periodontal Disease. Plaque forms on your teeth. If not removed for awhile plaque will inflame your gum tissue as well. When the gum tissue is inflamed it causes swollen and bleeding gums, this is an early sign of periodontal disease called Gingivitis.


Periodontal Disease can be prevented with good oral hygiene. You’ll want to visit the dentist minimum of 2 times a year, brushing 2-3 times daily, and regular flossing. If you happen to already have Periodontal Disease it is recommended that you visit your Dentist and Dental Hygienist a couple more times a year. Keeping your regular appointments and perio Cleanings can stop the progression of bone loss. When you skip dental visits the plaque builds up on your teeth and hardens/calcifies. If not removed it damages your gums and the jawbone surrounding your teeth.

We would love to answer any questions or concerns regarding this matter. We love taking the best care of our patients. Please give Danielle a call at Dana Park Dental. We have an amazing staff, and Gentle Dental Hygienists who specialize in taking care of our patients needs. (480)545-5330