Bleeding gums are an issue that impact a large array of people. Many studies have shown that as many as 60% of Americans have experienced having their gums bleed. Most people understand the importance of taking appropriate care of their teeth, but fewer people understand the necessity of caring for their gums as well. Here are a few things that you need to understand about bleeding gums, including its causes and how to prevent the issues that lead to bleeding from the gums.
Gum disease is above and beyond the most common cause of bleeding from the gums. It is important to understand the signs of gum disease to ensure that you are able to take the necessary steps to reverse it. Gum disease can lead to many substantial issues with the oral health. It begins in a less severe form called gingivitis. When the necessary steps haven’t been taken to reverse gingivitis, it is likely that it will lead to a more extreme form of gum disease. This becomes periodontitis, which tends to be slightly more difficult to treat. No matter what stage of gum disease you are experiencing, it is incredibly important to visit our office to obtain a plan for reversing your gum disease.
Signs of Gum Disease
Bleeding gums aren’t the only sign that gum disease is impacting your oral health. In fact, in some situations, bleeding from the gums isn’t caused by gum disease. It is important to know more of the symptoms so that you can catch gum disease as early on as possible. If you have bad breath, even after brushing your teeth, it is possible that this is caused by gum disease. Other signs of gum disease include swollen gums, red gums, loose teeth, and receding gums. If you have noticed that your teeth have become looser and aren’t staying anchored in place, it is likely that you have gum disease. Watch for combinations of these symptoms to detect the presence of gum disease.
What is Causing your Gum Disease?
The buildup of plaque is the most common culprit of gum disease. This is because plaque creates the best possible environment in which bacteria can grow and reproduce. Harmful bacteria can lead to infection and disease, including both tooth decay and gum disease. This especially arises when plaque accumulates on or around the gumline. This allows the bacteria to infiltrate beneath the surface of the gums, which leads to the development of gum disease. When plaque isn’t removed thoroughly and effectively, it hardens into tartar. Contrary to the soft nature of plaque, tartar can’t be removed through simply brushing your teeth thoroughly. It requires a special tool used by a dentist in order to remove. This allows bacteria to accumulate even more quickly, because you will be unable to remove the tartar until you visit the dentist. Preventing gum disease is dependent on the oral hygiene routine that you complete on a daily basis.
Other Factors that may Cause Bleeding Gums
There are many potential causes of bleeding gums in addition to gum disease. Understanding these other factors will be helpful, especially if you don’t have other symptoms of gum disease. Certain bleeding disorders can lead to bleeding coming from the gums. It is also possible that your gums are bleeding simply because you are brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush. It doesn’t require a substantial amount of pressure in order to effectively remove plaque from your teeth and it is important not to overbrush your teeth. Leukemia is another health condition that leads to bleeding gums.
Various vitamin deficiencies can lead to bleeding from the gums. Vitamin C deficiencies can lead to scurvy, which often results in gums that are bleeding. Vitamin K deficiencies can also cause the gums to bleed. Using blood thinners often causes you to bleed more easily, which can explain bleeding from the gums. Pregnancy and diabetes may also cause the gums to bleed. All of these various reasons mean that you need to consult with a dentist or doctor if you are experiencing bleeding gums. This can go a long way toward protecting your health from severe consequences.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums
Implementing a good oral hygiene routine can go a long way toward preventing gum disease and reducing the likelihood of bleeding gums. It is incredibly important to take appropriate care of your teeth in order to remove plaque and harmful bacteria that tend to lead to the development of gum disease. The right steps can both prevent and reverse gum disease. This means that you will need to brush your teeth twice daily, as well as floss every day. Flossing, in particular, helps to remove food particles that are wedged beneath the surface of the gums. Consider the exact kind of toothpaste you use, as certain types will help to protect your teeth. Anti-gingivitis toothpaste is useful in preventing the development of gum disease. You should ensure that you avoid tobacco products to help reduce the chances of gum disease. Improving your diet and drinking more water can help to prevent gum disease from occurring.
Here at the Oral Health Center, we are passionate about caring for your teeth and smile. When gum disease is allowed to develop, it can lead to the loss of teeth. When teeth are lost, it is crucial to have them replaced to protect the health of your teeth. Replacing missing teeth can prevent remaining teeth from shifting and deterioration of the jawbone. It is also important to take the appropriate care of your teeth to prevent the development of gum disease. Visit our office every 6 months to ensure that we can catch any oral health issues in the early stages. If you have gums that are bleeding, it is vital to seek medical help to identify the underlying issue and ensure that the problem is efficiently resolved. To learn more about our services and how to protect your teeth, contact our office today!