Can you prevent bleeding gums? Forty-six percent of adults 30 years or older have signs of gum disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These signs can include swelling, redness, pain, and bleeding. If your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat, take a look at what you need to know about visiting the family dentist's office, at-home treatment options, and prevention.

Never Ignore Bleeding Gums

A bit of blood after you brush or eat may not seem like a big deal. While the beginning stage of gingivitis is rarely serious, it can progress into severe periodontal disease if left untreated. This early symptom signals an oral care issue that you need to address as soon as possible—especially if you also have discomfort when eating, red or swollen gums, sensitivity, or unexplained bad breath. 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Plaque is the primary cause of periodontal disease. Excess bacteria in the mouth create this sticky film. The longer plaque remains on your teeth, the more likely it is that the substance will harden and turn into tartar. Tartar can form on your teeth, in between your teeth, at the gum line, or even under the gum line.

Tartar along and under the gumline can cause infection and inflammation. The result is periodontal disease. Without proper oral care, plaque will continue to grow and turn into tartar. But if you maintain a healthy at-home dental routine, you could stop or possibly prevent this problem. 

Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Along with morning and night, you may need to brush after meals or snacks. If you can't brush after meals/snacks, rinse with a mouthwash product or tap water. Floss in between your teeth and along the gumline daily. This can help to remove trapped debris and food particles, preventing plaque and tartar buildup. 

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Tartar buildup isn't always easy to remove at home. Even though you may brush and floss, some areas are hard to reach. This makes regular dentist office appointments an essential part of your overall oral care routine. The hygienist can remove plaque and tartar in places you may not notice or can't reach with floss. 

If your gums regularly bleed (even in small amounts) when brushing, flossing, or eating, bring this oral issue to the dentist's attention during your annual or bi-annual check-up. The dentist will examine your mouth and help you to create an oral care routine that reduces the risks of periodontal disease. A dental care provider can also provide deep cleaning services or other types of in-office treatments.

For more information, contact a company like Cooper Family Dentistry.