What You Need to Know about Tender, Bleeding Gums
Healthy gums are usually smooth and firm. They should not bleed when brushed. Reddened, tender, swollen gums indicate a dental problem.
– Tender, bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease; a dental check-up should be arranged.
– Gum disease can be reversed if treated early.
– Therapy may involve deep cleaning of teeth and gums to remove bacteria.
If you have tender, sore or swollen gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
“Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, happens when plaque builds up around the gumline.”