Bleeding Gums & How to Treat Them

Do your teeth bleed while brushing or flossing?

When there is a lot of plaque buildup along the gum line, it causes your gums to become inflamed and bleed. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can spread causing tooth decay or gum disease. However bleeding gums can happen for a variety of reasons besides plaque.

Most common circumstance that cause your gums to bleed:

  • Flossing: Generally flossing shouldn’t cause your gums to bleed, so it may be caused by an underlying problem with your teeth or gums.
  • Medical:Medications such as blood thinners may cause your gums to be more prone to bleeding. It is important o inform your Smith Dental Care dentist of all medications and/or supplements you may be taking.
  • Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause your gums to bleed, as well as increasing your risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
  • Gingivitis: This is the firs stage of periodontal disease, which causes your gums to bleed, making them tender and swollen. Your Smith Dental dentist can use aggressive treatments like scaling or periodontal therapy to slow down its development.

As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, bleeding gums will never be an issue. If you feel as though you have significant plaque buildup, scheduled an appointment today so Smith Dental Care can get you in for a professional cleaning.

How to Improve Your Dental Care this Summer

Our professional staff here at Smith Dental Care, located in Tyler, TX, wants to give you the education needed to show off your best smile this summer. Dr. Ogletree, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Douglas at Smith Dental Care want you to have a smile that shines bright this summer, so come in for your dental visit to ensure a healthy mouth.

No matter how efficient your current dental routine is, these reminders will help show you how to better improve your routine:
• Brush at least twice a day.
• Use fluoridated toothpaste.
• Brush thoroughly.
• Floss your teeth daily.
• Limit acidic drinks
• Limit sugary foods.
• Protect your teeth from injury.
• Try to save a knocked out tooth.
• Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. For example, opening cans, food, etc.

Schedule an appointment today with your dentist at Smith Dental Care for regular check-ups. By taking all the necessary steps above, you are one step close to better dental health! Call our office today to make your appointment this summer!

Invisalign vs Smile Direct Club

Looking to upgrade your smile but don’t know if you should go to your local dentist or try one of the at home aligner systems? At Smith Dental Care, we are here to make sure you are fully informed before you make any smile-altering decisions.


Yes, Smile Direct Club is less expensive than Invisalign largely because it is based online with virtual dentists. Invisalign gives patients the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with their local Tyler dentist, providing a hands-on approach as you’re on your way to achieving a beautiful smile.

Alignment Trays

Trays and retainers are the most important part of the process since they are the tools used to adjust your teeth. While both Invisalign and Smile Direct Club both offer clear retainers that you replace every couple weeks, only Invisalign can offer retainers that guarantee the smile you want. Your Invisalign retainer snaps into place onto the tooth attachments, which are placed by your dentist, holding your aligners in place. These attachments help the dentist control how much your teeth shift and adjust, meanwhile the lack of tooth attachments with the Smile Direct Club retainer allows it to slide around your teeth, leading to incorrect shifting.

The Final Outcome

With Invisalign, your licensed professional dentist is able to adjust your smile plan as you go, working with you so you can achieve the best end result possible.

Be mindful when considering clear retainers because your dental history could have a huge effect on the outcome as well.  Invisalign makes sure to take your dental history into account when creating your smile plan and keeps a close eye on your teeth as you go through the process.

Schedule An Invisalign Consultation Today!

You don’t have to take something this important into your own hands when your Smith Dental Care professionals are here to help! Contact us today to schedule your appointment so we can get you on your way to the smile you deserve!