Bleeding gums are something that most people have experienced at some point. But did you know that a gum bleeding could be a sign of something more serious? If you do spot blood when you spit after cleaning and/or flossing your teeth then this blog is for you. It’s important to work out what might be causing your bleeding gums and also to establish if you need to go to the dentist.
What causes bleeding gums?
There are a number of reasons why your gums might be bleeding, some more serious than others:
A new toothbrush – bleeding gums could be caused by something as simple as a new brush, particularly one that might be a little harder than you’re used to.
Pregnancy – pregnant women sometimes suffer from swollen and bleeding gums, which is known as ‘pregnancy gingivitis.’ This is caused by the hormonal changes in the body that alter its response to gum disease causing bacteria.
Medication – some medication reduces the body’s clotting ability and this may result in someone being more prone to bleed after flossing or cleaning.
Gingivitis – this is essentially the first step on the road to gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by a build up of plaque at the gum line that has not been removed by brushing or flossing. Plaque that is not removed can result in gums receding from teeth – bacteria can become trapped in the exposed area and cause plaque. Plaque will eventually harden and become tartar and finally, Periodontitis – which can be responsible for tooth loss that may require restorative dentistry to fix.
More serious causes – as well as dental problems, bleeding gums may be a sign of other medical issues. However, these are less common and usually only need to be investigated if your dentist decides that the cause of the bleeding gums is not dental.
The easiest way to stop bleeding gums is preventative dentistry i.e. looking after your teeth. Brushing twice daily and flossing to remove that troublesome plaque can help you avoid dental pain and the need for ongoing work. Make sure your diet is low in sugar – as sugar is a major factor in the formation of plaque – and visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for check ups and cleans.
For peace of mind when it comes to bleeding gums, book an appointment with a dentist today.