When your gums start to bleed, it can be an alarming experience. While in some cases it may just be caused by brushing too hard or other minor issues, for many individuals, bleeding gums could be a sign of a more serious problem such as gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by plaque build-up on your teeth and gums which can irritate and damage the tissue supporting your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease can cause receding gums, pain, bad breath and tooth loss. Poor dental hygiene is usually the main cause of gum disease, but it can also be caused by other factors such as smoking or diabetes.
If your gums are bleeding due to gum disease or another underlying issue, then seeing a dentist is essential. During an appointment your dentist will examine your mouth in order to determine the cause of the bleeding and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Depending on the severity of the condition they may suggest medications such as antibiotics or antifungals that can fight off infection-causing bacteria. In some cases they may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling to remove any built-up plaque from below the gum line.
Fortunately, with proper care and treatments (such as those mentioned above), reversing gum disease and preventing further damage are both possible. To ensure that you’re doing everything you can to avoid developing gum disease yourself, preventive measures include brushing twice daily for two minutes each time (with fluoride toothpaste), flossing at least once daily and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups or professional cleanings every 6 months. Additionally following a healthy diet and quitting smoking (or avoiding it altogether) will also help keep your gums strong and healthy.
In conclusion, bleeding gums should always be taken seriously as it could be an early warning sign of something much worse than just brushing too hard – so if this happens to you don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist who will be able to quickly diagnose any underlying issues you may have and provide appropriate remedies depending on your individual case!
If you are concerned about your bleeding gums, call us at (416) 923-5881 a member of our team will be happy to help you.