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Why Are My Gums Bleeding

If your gums are bleeding, visit our Spring Lake dentist office to have your teeth examined. At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS we can examine you and determine whether they are bleeding due to simple irritation or if there is a greater health concern. You can schedule an appointment with our office by calling (616) 842-0090. In the meantime, here is what you need to know about your gums.

Symptoms of Gum Disease that You Should Watch For

At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, we encourage you to keep an eye on your gum health and call us if any of these signs persist for longer than a week –

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Red or irritated gums
  • Your teeth appear longer

If you notice any of these symptoms, the best thing to do is call a Spring Lake dentist for an official diagnosis. Self-treating can lead to additional problems because you may not be addressing the actual cause of the problem. You can schedule an appointment with our office by calling 616-259-6045.

Causes of Gum Disease

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Plaque and tartar buildup underneath the gum tissue
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Some medications

How to Manage and Treat Gum Disease

There are several ways to prevent gum disease and the symptoms that arise from it. If you have already experienced symptoms of bleeding or swollen gums, following these steps will still help you. However, it is wise to visit our office for an examination so that we can make customized treatment recommendations. In the meantime, you can manage your symptoms by doing the following:

  • Brush and floss regularly. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day and when you do, use a soft or electric toothbrush. Make sure that you are brushing food away from your gums and towards the center of your mouth. This is important to prevent plaque buildup at your gum line. Flossing should be at least once per day and you must make sure to go all the way down along the sides of your teeth.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash. Another way to kill bacteria is to use an antiseptic mouthwash. This is an easy way to kill some of the bacteria that you have not been able to brush away and you may notice that your gums feel instantly better after using it.
  • Have your teeth cleaned twice a year. At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, we encourage you to visit our dental office twice per year so that we can clean your teeth, removing plaque and tartar that was left behind from your daily brushing. This is your best defense against gum disease or even some of the subtle symptoms like bleeding and swelling.
  • Stop smoking. More than bad for your lungs, using tobacco products is also bad for your oral health. Not only can it lead to oral cancer but it also increases your risk for gum disease.
  • Schedule a deep cleaning. If you already have gum disease we may recommend that you have a deep cleaning or root planing and scaling procedure. This allows the dentist to remove tartar and plaque that has built up underneath the gum tissue. The procedure is typically completed in two to four appointments but it works incredibly well for removing the cause of the problem.

Q&A

Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?

When you brush your teeth, the bristles will often go immediately over or next to your gums. Gum tissue is sensitive and if you are using a hard toothbrush or brushing too aggressively you can scratch and irritate them. Our suggestion is to switch to an electric or battery operated toothbrush because you can get an excellent clean without having to apply a lot of pressure. This should provide your gums with needed relief.

Why do my gums bleed when I floss?

Very often, this is because you have not flossed in a long time. If it has been awhile, your gums may be sensitive, irritated or even bleed when you begin your flossing routine. This is perfectly acceptable. Once you begin flossing daily, your gums should no longer bleed. In the process you will be removing the plaque from in between your gums and your teeth, helping them to be in better health. At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS we can show you how to floss your teeth properly to help ensure that you are getting a really good clean. Call (616) 842-0090 and let us know if your gums continue to bleed after a week of flossing daily.

Why are my gums swollen?

If your gums have started to swell, there are two main causes for it. The first is that you have irritated your gums or accidentally scratched them by eating something that is particularly sharp or abrasive. The second, and most likely, is that you are suffering from an early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis typically makes your gums swell, become red and irritated. This is a warning sign that should lead you to schedule an appointment with our dental office. If you notice this early warning sign and seek treatment, a dental cleaning may be all that is necessary to treat the condition so that your gums can return to good health. Otherwise, the symptoms could become progressively worse.

Why are my gums sensitive when I eat or brush my teeth?

You could have gum disease. Even in the early stages, this condition can make your gums sensitive and irritated. Otherwise, you could have eaten something acidic or abrasive that is making them temporarily sensitive but this should pass within a day or so.

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Love this Dentist. Kind, Professional and Efficient team. They’ve got a smooth system and provide excellent customer service.

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Dr Arbutante and staff always do an excellent job with yearly check ups and cleanings. They were very helpful in scheduling a quick emergency checkup due to tooth discomfort. I was quickly scheduled even during holiday timing. Thank you Dr Arbutante and staff!

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Excellent first visit and welcome to Dr. Joe’s practice. The staff is caring and professional. The exam was thorough. It’s good to know you are in good hands.

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Anita N.

Friendly staff very professional. Dr. was great walked me through. Everything he was going to do. I must say this is my best dentist visit ever.

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Bret L.

I have been a patient with Arbutante, DDS for nearly three years. They are excellent in an emergency (broken crown) and for going cleanings, fillings, etc. Their staff is knowledgeable, professional, and top of all, they are nice people. I highly recommend this group.

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Jef F.

First preventative visit last week, and it went very well. Glad I made the change since this dental practice is so much closer to my home. Thanks!

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Jasmine S.

My favorite dentist office! Dr. Arbutante and his staff really strive to care for the health of my teeth. I feel comfortable asking questions and know what they recommend is not to sell but to help!

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Sara W.

Excellent service. Staff is very kind and caring. Dr Arbutante tells you exactly what he is doing and how long the procedure will take. Very welcoming

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Matt K.

Amazing service. Kind and very attentive staff and Dr. Joe as well! Awesome group of people.

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Lorri W.

He is an awesome dentist he took the time to explain everything he was doing. The staff was also awesome. I would recommend going to him.

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Connie M.

My tooth was taken care of fast and without pain. Dr Joe had a very nice assistant as well.

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Ben A.

Good people, doing the right things. Really appreciate the approach and feel well taken care of as a family.

Dan M.
Dan M.

Had a crown that broke and called Joe’s emergency number and left a message and he responded very promptly! Was my first time seeing Joe and he and his staff were wonderful! They were able to get me in right away and Joe took care of my issue very quickly! If you need any dental services i would highly recommend Joe and staff!

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Mary D.

As always Dr Joe and his staff were excellent and friendly! Raquel assisted and was super good at her job and so sweet. Dr Joe always informs what he does and asks if I’m doing ok. Front staff are always great and really nice👍🏼!

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Cathy T.

I received my first crown ever today. Dr. Joe and his assistant were very friendly and put me at ease. I was impressed with the amount of time spent on sizing my temporary crown. I’ll be back next week for my permanent one which seems fast. The receptionist is always very warm and nice at checkout.

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