What Does It Mean If Your Gums Begin to Bleed?
Did you notice your gums were bleeding slightly when you last brushed or flossed or maybe they have begun to bleed at other times? When this happens quite a few people assume that their gums have become injured in some way and need to be left alone to heal. As a result they may stop brushing and flossing or will only brush very gingerly. In a way you could describe bleeding gums as being injured, as they could well be infected with a condition called periodontal disease and not brushing or flossing is the worst thing you can do for them.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
This disease is a bacterial infection and it is caused by plaque bacteria in the mouth. It can occur when these bacteria are able to build up to such levels that your body is unable to fight back, resulting in the gums becoming infected and inflamed and eventually beginning to bleed. Normally these levels of plaque bacteria are controlled by regular brushing and flossing and periodontal disease often develops as a result of poor oral hygiene.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Common symptoms of periodontal disease include noticing your gums bleed or that they may look swollen or red or maybe hurt or feel tender to touch. When the condition becomes more advanced, you may begin to notice your gums have receded, making your teeth look longer than before. In the worst case your teeth may feel loose as gum disease gradually destroys gum tissue and the bone surrounding teeth. Eventually there will be no other option but to remove these teeth.
Periodontal disease is an extremely serious condition and we encourage anyone who has bleeding gums to come and see our dentist in Watton as soon as possible. We can quickly diagnose this problem and will recommend the most suitable treatments to help clear up the bacterial infection. This will normally involve seeing our hygienist for either a regular scale and polish or a more intensive treatment called scaling and root planning, which deep cleans your gums and is extremely good for treating periodontal disease.
Maintaining Healthy Gums
Once your gums have been cleaned, you will be given lots of advice by our dentist in Watton on how to control this condition. This will usually mean stepping up your oral hygiene routine and paying much more attention to how you brush and floss. Our hygienist can also help you improve your oral hygiene routine with personalised instructions on how to brush and floss more effectively. We often find that people are using the same techniques they learned as children and updating them can make the world of difference.
It is important not to ignore any symptoms of gum disease as this condition can also impact your general health, increasing your risk of developing serious health conditions or worsening any that may already be present. If you noticed blood on your toothbrush this morning then we urge you to contact Clarence House Dental Care and to book an appointment to see our dentist in Watton. Call us on 01953 882777.