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Bleeding Gums Dentists in Brimfield, IL

What causes gums to bleed?

  • Do you notice blood in the sink after brushing your teeth?
  • Are your gums red and swollen?

Minor tooth sensitivity and irritated gums can be a sign that you’re using the wrong toothbrush, have plaque buildup, or are starting to floss for the first time in a while. However, if gum bleeding persists, you may be dealing with something more concerning — periodontal disease (gum disease).

If you’re dealing with irritated gums, schedule a time to meet our team.

Is gum bleeding serious?

Your gums say a lot about your dental health. Unhealthy gums lead to a variety of dental issues such as severe sensitivity, loose teeth, bone loss, and missing teeth.

Your gums also point to systemic health issues. Those with gum disease are at higher risk for developing serious illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, preterm labor, auto-immune, and inflammatory diseases.

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How can you make your gums healthy again?

It’s important to address gum problems with your dentist, but unless you’re bleeding uncontrollably, bloody gums typically aren’t an emergency. We suggest temporarily reducing any pain or swelling with a cold ice pack or warm salt water rinse. Then, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

At home, there are several preventive steps you can take to avoid bleeding gums and gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes
  • Floss once a day
  • Stop smoking, vaping, and/or chewing tobacco 
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a professional exam and cleaning

Hear from our patients


The atmosphere in the office is warm and welcoming. The doctor and staff genuinely care about you as an individual as well as the health of your teeth and gums.

– Ruth L.

Treatments for bloody gums

At Brimfield Family Dentistry, we offer deep cleanings to address bloody gums caused by gum disease. Deep cleanings are a bit different than your routine 6-month cleanings and involve 2 steps:

  • Scaling: Plaque and tartar pockets are completely removed from beneath your gums 
  • Root planing: We clean and smooth out the roots of your teeth to remove bacteria
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Monday: 7am–3pm
Tuesday: 7am–3pm
Wednesday: 8:30am–3pm
Thursday: 7am–3pm
Friday: 7am–3pm


232 E. Knoxville St.
Brimfield, IL 61517

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Call (309) 320-8750

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