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  • Bleeding Gums? Why You Should Take Action

    Gum Disease

    Have you recently begun to notice a little bit of blood when brushing or flossing? It might be tempting to think this is just normal and that if you brush more gently or give up flossing for a few days then it’ll clear up.

    In fact it’s almost certainly a sign that your gums are already infected, as bleeding gums are one of the most common symptoms of gum disease. It never normal for gums to bleed, and is a clear sign that you need to make an appointment to see a dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center for diagnosis and treatment.

    One of the things about early gum disease is that it’s usually not painful, and it’s possible to ignore any symptoms until it’s relatively well advanced. Being more aware of these early symptoms can help ensure you catch the disease when it’s much more easily treated, and when it’s much less likely to become chronic or even result in tooth loss.

    Early gum disease can usually be reversed quite easily through having your teeth professionally cleaned, and through making sure you take much better care of your teeth and gums at home. So what are the early signs you should be on the lookout for?

    Bad Taste in Your Mouth?

    Other than bleeding when brushing and flossing, you might begin to notice you teeth took a bit longer than before as the gums begin to pull back from the teeth. Additionally the gums can look swollen or red, and might feel slightly sore or tender if you press them. You may begin to notice you have persistently bad taste in your mouth, or perhaps somebody has mentioned you have continually bad breath. If you haven’t seen a dentist recently been now is definitely the time to take action.

    Gum disease is easily diagnosed, as your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and your gums and will use a dental probe to check the depths of pockets that might be developing around your teeth as the gums begin to pull away.

    Healthy gums will have a depth of just 1 to 3 mm, while depths of 4 to 6 mm could indicate infection or inflammation of some sort.

    Having your gums cleaned through either regular scaling and polishing or more intensive scaling and planing will help to remove most of the bacteria in these pockets. This gives your gums a chance to heal, and hopefully as they do so the pockets will shrink so the gums will fit more tightly around your teeth, exactly as they’re supposed to do.

    So what happens if you ignore these signs? The disease will continue to progress, and could lead to your teeth becoming loose, and even worse it could affect your general health as bacteria from your mouth will be able to enter your bloodstream through your bleeding gums.

    Other Possible Causes of Bleeding Gums

    The main reason for bleeding gums is usually due to poor oral hygiene and early gum disease, but occasionally it can be due to other factors. These include brushing your teeth too hard so the delicate gum tissue is damaged, being deficient in certain vitamins, or taking certain medications or medications that affect blood clotting. It’s also something that can develop as a result of dental appliances that don’t fit very well and which need adjusting or replacing, or having some sort of disease that affects your immune system. Pregnant women are more at risk of having bleeding gums due to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis that heightens the response of the body to plaque bacteria, increasing inflammation in the gums.

    The main thing to do is to make sure you get a proper diagnosis from a dental professional so you can have the right treatment, regardless of the cause.

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By: Dmitry Epelboym Cosmetic Dentistry Center