If you notice a hint of pink when you spit while cleaning your teeth or evidence of bleeding while you are flossing; this is something that should not be ignored. If there is only a little evidence of bleeding you might not think it to be of any consequence but if there is considerable evidence of blood it can be the start of a problem. There are a number of reasons why gums might bleed; it can indicate gingivitis or even a change in the way you maintain your teeth. There is however dental care for bleeding gums, you should consider the following:
- Improve oral care: One of the primary causes of bleeding gums is a build-up of plaque on the surface of your teeth right along the gum line. Plaque, if left alone becomes tartar, a hard deposit on the teeth which is a genuine irritant to the gums which; if left untreated it can morph into even worse gum problems. The way to overcome this is to practice ideal oral hygiene; brush at least twice a day, floss daily and make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year.
- Healthy diet: It has been said that “you are what you eat.” What you eat and when you eat it are important in keeping your gums in good condition. If you eat a lot of sweets you increase the potential of gum as well as teeth problems. Sugar is what plaque feeds on. Revise your diet, eat plenty of vegetables and reduce your sugar intake and; brush after you have eaten a sugar laced snack.
- See your dentist: If you find that improving your oral hygiene regimen and adjusting your diet doesn’t stop your gums from bleeding then you must see a dentist. If you have advanced gum disease it can be treated if it is caught early.
Bleeding gums can be corrected when the problem is properly diagnosed and treated. Visit natper.com.au for more information on gum disease.