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Do your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing? Oftentimes, when your gums bleed it is simply that you have been a little too vigorous while cleaning your teeth, but if it happens frequently, it may be a sign of something more serious.

Plaque likes to buildup on the teeth in the area where the teeth meet the gums. Allowing excess plaque to remain along the gumline unaddressed will inevitably become gingivitis, the name for early stage periodontitis or gum disease.

Bacteria-laden plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums and can cause puffiness, bleeding, soreness, inflammation, and red gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, come in and see us immediately so that we may treat it before it progresses into a more serious form of gum disease.

Keeping up a daily routine of thorough plaque removal is the best thing you can do to fight gingivitis. Regular brushing (2x per day) and flossing (1x per day) with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, gargling with an anti-gingivitis mouthwash, and keeping regular visits with your dentist are the main weapons you can employ. Also, be aware that the following factors increase your risk of gingivitis: stress, hormones, smoking, bad nutrition, chronic diseases, and some medications.

If you would like to speak to our dentist about bleeding gums, call Dr. Mathew Berg and our helpful team at Mathew Berg DDS. Phone: 915-591-5333. Make an appointment or come by our office in El Paso, Texas.