What Do Bleeding Gums Mean?
Occasionally, when brushing or flossing your teeth, you may notice that your gums bleed a little bit. For most people, it is usually nothing. Maybe you were brushing a little harder than normal or you hadn’t flossed in a while. However, if your gums are constantly bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, you may have an underlying dental health issue. Typically, the most common cause of bleeding gums is periodontal disease.
Bleeding Gums & Periodontal Disease
The two most common types of periodontal disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Both are caused by inadequate plaque removal. Plaque can build up under the gum line and cause inflammation and bleeding. If this isn’t treated, periodontal disease may lead to tooth loss and sensitive teeth overall.
You can help fight bleeding gums and periodontal disease by taking care of your teeth. PerioSciences recommends practicing the following behaviors for healthy teeth, gums, and mouth.
- Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily
- Stop smoking
- Reduce your stress levels
- Drink green tea to fight against plaque and bad mouth bacteria
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater
Visit The Dentist As Soon As Possible
While it is good to identify why your gums are bleeding you should also make an appointment with your dentist immediately to ensure there are not any other underlying causes to your bleeding gums. Furthermore, plaque can not be removed with brushing and flossing alone, so getting a deep clean from your dentist can set your mouth and gums on the right track to being healthy and reduce swelling.
Sensitive Teeth Too?
Often times, when someone has bleeding gums or gum disease, they will also have signs of sensitive teeth like sharp pain eating or drinking extra hot or icy cold foods. it can sometimes be a good idea for people experiencing bleeding gums to also use a toothpaste and mouthwash for sensitive teeth. Also, a dental gel can help by soothing your sensitive gums. Talk to your dentist about what you should do.