As a periodontist, one of the biggest complaints we get to hear about is bleeding gums. There is no doubt that oral care is one of the most important daily activities for our health. The problem only becomes worse as it continues, so here is some information that can help you understand why gums bleed – and what you can do about it.
What Causes Gums to Bleed:
The gums are one part of the body that are in constant use every time we eat or drink something. Every time we eat something, it is forced against the teeth or gums. While most food particles are swallowed, tiny bits can be left behind and cause bacteria to grow around the gums. This damages the sensitive part of the gums where the base of the teeth is located and results in damage to the roots as well as nerves which further aggravate the problem. The end result is gingivitis; an inflammation of the gums which may cause frequent bleeding and discomfort while eating, drinking, and even talking.
The build up of plaque on the teeth can also result in gums bleeding. Plaque builds up when teeth are not brushed regularly or properly. Over time, plaque can move up or down into the lining of the gums while you are eating food. This can create gaps between the lining of the gums and the teeth which makes bleeding a regular occurrence.
Another major reason why people suffer from bleeding gums is that they simply brush too hard. This is especially true for people who tend to use a medium or hard toothbrush. Furthermore, it is also important to understand that while our teeth are hard, the gums are not. This means that the amount of force you use to brush your teeth may be too much for the gums to handle. In this case, you could end up damaging the lining of the gums. This can result in gaps between the teeth, bleeding, and increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks.
Additionally, bleeding gums may also be the result of vitamin deficiency due to a poor diet. They may also be caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene, and the side effects of medication for another serious illness.
Preventing Bleeding Gums:
If you notice your gums are bleeding, make an appointment with your dentist or periodontist and have your teeth and gums thoroughly checked out. When it comes to preventing gums from bleeding, it is important to start with overall oral hygiene. Here are a few simple steps you can follow in order to prevent bleeding gums:
- Your periodontist or dental professional may suggest scaling or root planing to help prevent periodontal disease.
- You should build a routine of regular brushing and flossing, taking care not to damage your gums while doing it.
- If you smoke, it is time to seriously consider quitting. You should also be careful to avoid sharing eating utensils, drinking straws, and other items that come into contact with someone else’s mouth.
- Consuming citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, as well as milk, raw vegetables, and chamomile tea can also help.
If you have gum problems or related questions, please Email or call us today at (623) 572-7505 and consider scheduling a consulation appointment. This is your chance to improve your confidence, appearance, and overall health!
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