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Gum bleeding is a common problem that affects many people, but it’s one that must be taken seriously as there are many causes, including poor oral hygiene, ill-fitting dentures, or gum disease. Understanding the causes, prevention, and treatment of bleeding gums can help you to take better care of your oral health.
What Are The Causes Of Gum Bleeding?
Many dental patients wonder whether bleeding gums are normal. If persistent or bad gum bleeding is affecting you, it’s natural to be concerned, but most causes are not serious and can be easily rectified:
- Poor dental hygiene: Infrequent or ineffective brushing and flossing encourages the build-up of bacteria and plaque on the gumline, which can cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed.
- Inappropriate brushing technique: Many patients brush their teeth vigorously but forget to clean the gumline, the edge of the gums where they meet the teeth. This can lead to the gums becoming sensitive and prone to bleeding.
- Overbrushing: A common misconception is that teeth are best cleaned by applying maximum force with a toothbrush. However, a gentler approach that focuses on circular motions over the surface of the teeth and a 45° angle along the gumline is just as effective.
- Badly-fitting dentures: Dentures are manufactured to provide a comfortable fit over the gums but, in time, may lose their shape. Sore and bleeding gums may result.
- Gum disease: An infection of the gums can also cause bleeding and may be accompanied by bad breath, loose teeth, and a foul taste.
Other factors can also cause bleeding gums, including hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause, and medications, such as blood thinners.
How Can Bleeding Gums Be Prevented?
Preventing gums from bleeding starts with practising good oral hygiene and consuming a healthy diet.
- Regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash removes plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums, reducing the risk of inflammation and bleeding.
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can improve your oral health. In particular, consume more sources of vitamin C and calcium, such as citrus fruits, spinach, leafy greens, and dairy products.
- Avoid smoking and vaping, as both are associated with gum disease, and limit your alcohol intake.
What Is The Best Solution For Bleeding Gums?
Prevention is always better than the cure, according to the old saying. However, if you experience bleeding gums, pain, or an unpleasant taste, it’s important to see a dentist who will examine your mouth to identify the cause and recommend a treatment plan. Sometimes, antibiotics or mouth rinses may be prescribed to control an infection if one is present.
Regular check-ups will also allow your dentist to check the health of your gums and recommend if treatment is required. Also, ask about making an appointment with a hygienist who can professionally scale and polish your teeth to remove plaque and bacteria.
Concerned About Your Gum Health? Get In Touch Today!
If you are worried about the health of your gums or experience regular or prolonged bleeding, please arrange an appointment with New Road Dental Practice so our expert team of dentists can help you to receive the medical care you need.
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