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Bleeding gums and their meaning

1st January 2019, 9:02am EST

If your gums are bleeding, do not ignore the problem! Bleeding gums are a sign of oral health problems that could eventually impact the integrity of your mouth. Be proactive to combat bleeding gums with regular flossing and brushing. Bi-annual visits to the dentist will also help prevent and treat bleeding gums. Let’s take a look at what bleeding gums really means.

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

If you notice blood on your floss, toothbrush or saliva, it is the result of inadequate plaque removal. Plaque is rife with germs that sabotage the healthy tissue surrounding teeth. As a result, the gums become irritated and inflamed to the point that they bleed when you floss, brush or eat. The official term for this condition is Gingivitis. It is the initial stage of gum disease. If treated properly, gum disease can be fully reversed. So don’t give up! With a little work, you can repair your gums and eliminate the bleeding.

What Happens When You Don’t Treat Your Bleeding Gums?

Those who fail to change their oral health care behavior will find that the plaque builds up to the point that it causes the gums to move away from the teeth. When the gums recede, small spaces form between them and teeth. Germs collect in these spaces and gradually attack the bone that supports the teeth and the gums themselves.

Eventually, plaque will harden to the point that it becomes tartar. This stage of bleeding gums is referred to as Periodontitis. It is a serious condition that often results in tooth loss and a generally negative impact on overall health. In some instances, bleeding gums are actually a sign of a very serious blood disorder.

What You can do About Your Bleeding Gums

Modifying your oral health care regimen is not enough to treat bleeding gums. It is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist at the first sign of blood on your gums, teeth, floss or toothbrush.

Let your dentist evaluate your specific condition to determine if you have Gingivitis, Periodontitis or another dental problem. He will study your condition in-depth and figure out the best type of treatment to eventually eliminate the bleeding and return your mouth to normal.

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