Perhaps you have found yourself at the sink, completing your brushing and flossing. You might be contemplating your plan for the day or making a mental shopping list, and then it happens. You notice blood yet again! Surely you are curious about what might be happening with your gums that is causing them to bleed.
It may be that you are vaguely aware that gums can sometimes be a hallmark of gum disease, but you want to know more about how serious that might be and if any solutions exist. The following paragraphs discuss the true importance of healthy gums and how you can take action now to get yours is the best possible shape.
Common Causes of Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums may be caused by a number of things, such as:
- Poor Oral Hygiene: If you are not doing a proper job flossing and brushing, you are likely allowing bacteria to remain in your mouth. They, in turn, can produce inflammation and infection of the gums. Tenderness, swelling, and bleeding are some key symptoms of inflamed gums.
- Specific Medications: There are medications that have the effect of thinning out the blood, and the end result can be brusing and bleeding that materializes easier than is typical.
- Pregnancy: Hormonal changes are known to cause bleeding in gums, and this can occur even if you are brushing as well as flossing on a routine basis.
- Gum Disease: If you are affected by gum (periodontal) disease, there is a good chance you are afflicted by deep “pockets” that surround the teeth. When these are present, it is easier for bacteria to get into the gums beyond the reach of your floss and your toothbrush.
Negative Effects of Gum Disease
Gum health is critical not just for oral health, but also for the health of your entire body. It must be noted that the gums are what provide stability and support for the teeth. When gum disease is allowed to advance, teeth are known to loosen and even fall out. This can be true even if there are no cavities in the affected teeth.
Furthermore, over the last two decades, studies have suggested that gum inflammation can raise a patient’s risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, pregnancy difficulties, and even diabetes. Clearly, flossing is crucial for good overall health.
Ways to Boost Gum Health
The good news is that there are several things that can be done to boost gum health. First, make sure to schedule routine appointments your hygienist at Memorial City Dentistry. You will then be able to receive comprehensive examinations that will detect gum disease at an earlier stage.
Having regular visits will also ensure that your teeth are cleaned often, and all tartar and plaque is eliminated from the gumline that can be difficult to reach on your own.
In the event that gum disease is found, Dr. West will go over possible treatment options, which could include periodontal therapy. Various non-surgical therapies exist that can greatly improve gum health, and these include antibiotics, deep cleanings, and even laser applications.
Finally, we will provide you with oral hygiene habits and routines that can maximize the impact of your daily brushing and flossing. Everyday practices can make just as much of a difference as treatments received in the office.
Always keep in mind that by working collaboratively with your dentist, it is possible to achieve a heightened level of oral health, which is something everyone wants.