Seeing blood when you regularly brush or floss is never okay. Bleeding gums can be the first sign of a number of oral health problems and could be an indicator of other, more serious diseases and disorders as well.
The most common cause of bleeding gums is inadequate plaque removal from the teeth at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums. If plaque is not removed through regular brushing and dental appointments, it will harden into what is known as tartar. Ultimately, this will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease known as periodontitis.
Treating gum disease is essential as it can lead to a slew of other health problems. Studies have even shown links between gum disease and alzheimer’s!
It is also possible that bleeding gums may be attributed to a serious condition such as leukemia and bleeding and platelet disorders. The first line of defense is to visit your dentist. You should be visiting the dentist at least once every 6 months for plaque removal. Follow your dentist’s home care instructions carefully.
You should also be brushing your teeth gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush after every meal. The dentist may recommend rinsing with salt water or hydrogen peroxide and water. Avoid using commercial, alcohol-containing mouthwashes, which could aggravate the problem. Flossing your teeth twice a day can also do wonders in preventing plaque from building up and forming into tartar.
Whatever you do, do not ignore your bleeding gums. Ignorance is not bliss and can lead to further problems.
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