A majority of the population has experienced bleeding gums in their lifetime, leading many to think that this is normal. Although bleeding gums are common, they are a sign that there is an underlying oral issue that needs attention. We’d like to discuss reasons your gums may be bleeding and what to do if you notice blood in the sink after brushing or flossing.
Oral Health Problems & Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease or gingivitis. If not treated, it can become a more severe form of gum disease, called periodontists. This can lead to a myriad of complications, from loose teeth, to receding gums, bacterial infections, and tooth loss. For this reason, you should never take bleeding gums lightly. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar. They are formed when food particles left in the mouth combine with bacteria to create an acidic environment. Plaque then forms along the gumline. If not treated, it can harden and become tartar. The sooner you’re treated for gingivitis, the better.
Other Causes of Bleeding Gums
Even if you’re not experiencing gum recession or other oral problems, you should consult your doctor or talk to us about potential conditions that may be causing bleeding gums. Certain medications, pregnancy, and hormonal changes, and vitamin deficiencies can also cause bleeding gums. You’ll need to have your gums checked out if you notice changes or bleeding.
What to Do
In order to prevent bleeding gums, good oral hygiene is key. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Floss every day to remove food particles in between teeth that can lead to plaque. Be sure to maintain dental visits to have your teeth cleaned twice a year. You can also use products specifically designed to help prevent and heal gingivitis. Look for a mouthwash with antibacterial ingredients like cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), zinc chloride, or chlorhexidine.
When to Call Us
You can’t treat periodontist at home. For severe problems, we’ll need to team up to find a solution. Don’t worry. We can help.
Contact us today if you’re noticing bleeding gums and we can set up an appointment to see what needs to be done. Don’t hesitate, as you don’t want the problem to worsen.