Maybe when you go to brush your teeth at night you notice the toothpaste comes out in a pink foam, or even you’re spitting blood out. This is a common occurrence with many folks but it’s also not something you want to see. Bleeding gums during brushing or any time throughout the day is a sign of gum irritation.
Bleeding gums can be the first step towards gum disease that can cause infections, tooth decay, and other serious issues.
Gum disease is the umbrella term for when gums become swollen, inflamed, or infected. They could be puffy, irritated, or bleeding freely. The fact of the matter is, no matter the situation (barring trauma of some sort) healthy gums do not bleed regularly. So, bleeding gums in any situation is worth talking to your dentist about and keeping an eye on.
Below is some information about bleeding gums that you should know.
The Causes of Bleeding Gums
The main cause of chronically bleeding gums in your mouth is the buildup of plaque at the base of your teeth and along your gum line. Plaque is what happens when unchecked bacteria in your mouth combines with saliva to create an adhesive film over the surface of your teeth. Plaque not removed becomes hardened tartar which causes damage to the gums and long-lasting irritation.
Receding Gums Are Permanent
A major consequence of untreated, bleeding gums is eventually receding of the gum line. When gums recede, they pull away the crucial base and foundation for your teeth. This exposes the roots which can lead to infection or the tooth coming free. Receding gums don’t grow back and require professional treatment to deal with and heal once the damage is done. This is part of the later stages of gum disease and among the more severe consequences. There are treatments that can help with this such as Pinhole Surgical Technique for gum rejuvenation.
How You Can Tackle It
Start by brushing your teeth regularly and thoroughly. While brushing too hard can cause bleeding, always assume it’s the result of gum disease and be watchful of your gums and teeth. Floss regularly to ensure you’re clearing out plaque buildup and any residue left behind that could be inviting for bacteria that will wear away at teeth and gums. Go to your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings (at least twice a year) and to monitor your symptoms.
Can I remove plaque myself?
Moderate plaque buildup can generally be handled by the usual teeth brushing and flossing regiment and is the first line of defense in gum disease prevention. Once tartar is formed it will bleed to be removed by your dentist.
What are other signs of gum disease?
If you’re not sure that your bleeding gums are the result of gum disease, look at the other symptoms, the most common of which is chronic bad breath. While we all have bad breath at some point, chronic bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth.
Talk to your dentist today about your concerns when it comes to your gums and find out what you can be doing now to help yourself and oral health in the future.
If you are experiencing bleeding gums and have receding gums, gum rejuvenation may be an option for you. Dr. Sedki is trained and certified in the Pinhole Surgical Technique and is proud to offer this incredible treatment for gum recession. An oral evaluation will help determine if its right for you.
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