The Causes Behind Bleeding Gums
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? It may seem like a normal, everyday part of life, but the truth is that healthy gums aren’t supposed to bleed when you’re cleaning them. If they are, there’s something wrong.
Gums bleed when the blood vessels inside of them are dilated, due to an existing infection and/or inflammation. In most cases, this starts out as gingivitis. If not reversed in a prompt manner, the bleeding and swelling can get even worse, progressing into advanced periodontal disease (which also happens to be the leading cause of tooth loss.)
Other Symptoms of Periodontitis to Look Out For
Bleeding gums are usually just one symptom of periodontal disease, even if they’re the most noticeable when you’re flossing or brushing. Other conditions to be on the lookout for include:
• Gum recession
• Bad breath
• Tartar buildup
• Tooth mobility
• Food packing between your teeth
When treated promptly, gum disease can be halted before tooth mobility or loss have a chance to occur. But overlooking bleeding gums when you brush and occasionally floss is dangerous. Left untreated, such oral infections can allow plaque biofilm to spread directly from your mouth into your cardiovascular system, placing a significant strain on your body.
What About Hormones?
Some women experience a heightened level of gum sensitivity, swelling, or bleeding during pregnancy or menses. This can vary from one woman to the next, but if symptoms tend to correlate with your reproductive health, improving or worsening at certain times, then the bleeding may be more hormone induced. Still, it’s best to see a dentist for a periodontal screening to ensure there’s not a more significant, underlying issue going on.
How to Reverse Bleeding Gums
If bleeding gums is just now starting to be something than you’re seeing, the first place to start is to re-vamp your home hygiene routine. Start by brushing gently along the gumlines, massaging the gums as you go. Take your time, brushing for at least two minutes twice per day. Next, floss around each tooth thoroughly, rubbing the strand up and down against the tooth, extending down below the gumlines. Floss daily; it may take up to two weeks to see complete reversal of the bleeding or gingivitis symptoms.
If symptoms persist, it’s time to see a dentist for a periodontal screening. It could be that there’s existing bone loss, a heavy amount of tartar buildup, or even a rough filling with an overhang that’s causing the gum irritation. A thorough deep cleaning and dedicated home hygiene routine can help to eliminate the active oral infection, so that your body begins to heal.
Don’t ignore bleeding gums. When infection overtakes your oral health, it can have a direct impact on your overall wellness as your immune system works harder to control swelling and bacteria levels.
Contact a Kois Center dentist today to learn more about the oral-systemic health connection and combat bleeding gums before it leads to tooth loss. Kois Center dentists are trained with the most up to date research and focus on the patients’ health first. Find one in your area – Alumni Look Up