Bleeding gums is a very common occurrence, especially after flossing your teeth. However, it’s not something that should be ignored. At Mapleridge Children and Adult Dentistry, we want to ensure you and your family have healthy teeth and gums. Our Liverpool family dentistry is here to not only treat your teeth, but to make sure you know all you can about positive oral health.
There are many things that can cause your gums to bleed and none of them should be ignored. The most common cause of bleeding games is periodontal disease, specifically gingivitis and its more serious counterpart, periodontitis.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that occurs when the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth attack your healthy gums. You get plaque when you don’t brush properly after meals and the leftover food and saliva mix to form a sticky material that coats your teeth. When you get gingivitis, your gums become red, inflamed…and bleed. Gingivitis is usually painless and your bleeding gums might be the only symptom. Gingivitis can be treated and cured, but if you don’t treat it, your gingivitis can turn into periodontitis.
When the plaque hardens into tartar, you’ve developed periodontitis. The plaque causes your gums to separate from your teeth and pockets can form between the gums and the teeth which can become infected. This infection can destroy bones and gum tissue and, eventually, cause tooth loss. Gum Disease can affect your overall health and has been linked to more serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
If you’re having continuous gum problems, here are some things you can try to stop the bleeding.
Dr. Charu Saini recommends you visit every six months for regular exams and cleanings. If your gums continue bleeding when flossing for several weeks, make an appointment and ask one of our expert to examine and diagnose the cause. In the meantime, be careful when eating or drinking extremely hot or cold foods or drinks. Contact us at our conveniently located Liverpool office.
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!