Bleeding gums, a sign of gum disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases which have a negative impact on the quality of life, and they are the main causes of tooth/teeth loss.
Is it bad for my gums to bleed?
It would be best if you never ignored bleeding gums. It might feel normal to find a small amount of blood on your toothbrush or in the sink, this however is usually the first symptom of gum disease which may lead to tooth/teeth loss.
What causes my gums to bleed?
- The number one reason for bleeding gums is gum disease. The bacteria which are in the plaque are irritating gums causing its inflammation, swelling, and bleeding.
- Aggressive brushing may result in bleeding gums. When bristles on your toothbrush are bent, it may indicate that you brush too hard.
- Hormonal changes as in the pregnancy can cause bleeding gums.
- Some medications and supplements can cause gums enlargement and bleeding.
How can I prevent or treat bleeding gums?
Prevention is best to avoid gum problems. There are some easy tips to follow to prevent sore, swollen and bleeding gums:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, making sure to follow proper brushing technique. You can always book an oral hygiene appointment if you are not sure which brushing technique to apply.
- Use interdental brushes or dental floss to remove bacteria in between teeth as a toothbrush won’t reach these spaces.
- Book regular examinations and cleaning appointments with your dentist or dental hygienist.
- Eat a well-balanced diet which includes Vitamin C and calcium. Avoid sugary and sticky food; rinse your mouth with water after eating.
- Quit smoking and decrease alcohol intake.
Got any more questions?
Please feel free to contact Parkhill Dental, Torquay to schedule your appointment today.