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Why Your Gums Hurt and Bleed (and What to do About it)

For many people, red, sore gums are an everyday occurrence when brushing and/or flossing and something that is passed off as insignificant. Not so!

To put it bluntly, if your gums are red, sore, swollen or bleeding it could be indicative of a much more serious issue than you may think…up to and including gum disease.

While not every case is cause for concern, there are several reasons your gums may be in pain and even bleed from time to time. Keep reading to learn more about this and when you should get to the dentist.

What causes gum issues?

Our gums play a key role in the health of our mouths. They surround our teeth to provide a protective seal, also bind tightly to underlying bone, helping resist food friction that passes over them.

Healthy gums appear a light pink shade and are tight on the teeth. Signs that your gum health isn’t up to par include a red color, a “rolled” appearance against the teeth, a swollen feel or appearance, pain, and blood when brushing or flossing your teeth.

At minimum, gum issues can be due to brushing with too much force. Other reasons include more serious issues, like mouth ulcers, malnutrition, infection, hormonal changes, teeth that are misaligned and gum disease.

A great solution is prevention! Keeping healthy gums includes, of course, flossing daily and brushing twice a day, but also consuming an adequate water intake, eating nutritiously and receiving your dental exam twice annually.

If you suspect a gum issue, Dr. Milan can help. His advanced treatments offer options that include the Pinhole Surgical Technique, tissue grafting and more. The best course of action will be determined by a consultation with Dr. Milan.

Elite dentist in Birmingham, MI

If you are searching for the best in dental care in metro Detroit, look no further than Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Not only is Dr. Milan a leader in the industry who is consistently recognized as one of the most talented in his field, our Michigan dentist office is truly state-of-the-art.

Our patients are pleased with the knowledge that they are receiving much more than a cookie-cutter dental cleaning. They know that the treatments and tools used by our entire staff are the most advanced available and that we can care for not only basic dental needs, but truly nearly any tooth or gum issue that may arise in your life!

Dr. Milan has blazed the trail in advanced cosmetic dentistry, and he is proud to offer dental procedures that not only enhance the look of your smile but your overall health. From Invisalign in southeast Michigan to dental veneers to the PST Gum Treatment (also known as the lunchtime gum lift), Dr. Milan’s track record of transforming smiles speaks for itself.

If you’d like to learn more about any of our dental procedures or would like to schedule your dental cleaning, please contact us for your appointment.

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