Bleeding after brushing, or flossing can be unsettling. It can also be a sign of an otherwise mostly silent disease — like periodontal, or gum disease.
What is periodontal disease?. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a leading cause of tooth loss. It is a build-up of bacteria from plaque and tartar that can inflame, or infect gum and bone.
Periodontal disease causes deep pockets to form in the tissue between the gums and teeth. This sometimes gives the appearance of puffy or receding gums. During dental exams, the dentist will routinely examine your gums.
There are a number of treatments for bleeding gums and periodontal disease, including removing plaque and tartar below the gum line. These treatments performed in a dental office are called scaling and root planing. They allow the gum to heal and become healthy again.
We recommend daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups and cleanings to help prevent periodontal disease.