Are Bleeding Gums common?
Bleeding Gums are not usual – they’re a problem
In the majority of cases, bleeding gums will be a symbol of gingivitis, a situation you may well have heard of while being unsure accurately what it is.
Bleeding gums are a sign of a problem and one that is going to necessitate intervention from a dental hygienist. At the same time, for most people, it is not a solemn problem.
Gingivitis happen when the plaque surrounding the teeth is not properly removed, the millions of bacteria in this plaque reason irritation, swelling of the gums and bleeding. Halitosis, or bad breath, while a separate situation is also likely to be an unwanted by-product of this plaque build-up.
Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis
Gingivitis is simply treated by your dental hygienist. They will undertake a thorough cleaning of the teeth and under the gums. This will reduce the swelling and can stop the gums from bleeding. If dental hygiene is maintained at the intervals prescribed by your hygienist, there is no reason gingivitis will return?
Bleeding gums can also be a symbol of Periodontitis (gum disease), this could be the result of long-term, untreated gingivitis. Periodontitis is effectively a far more severe version of gingivitis whereby long-term damage is done: the bacteria reason the breakdown of bone and gum tissue. Left unchecked this can lead to teeth becoming looser and even the loss of teeth.
The potential damage reason by periodontitis means that it is worth having bleeding gums checked out by a dentist or periodontist. After all, swollen gums, bleeding and bad breath all need treating even if it is ‘just’ gingivitis and long-term harm isn’t yet a concern.
The problem will not sort itself
If you are suffering from bleeding gums it is advisable to get them checked if only to rule out the more serious periodontitis.
We’d love to advise that you can get them checked and cleaned only once and that will be the last time you’ll ever have to worry about bleeding gums, but experience tells us otherwise.
You can at least take steps to decrease the risk of a return; cutting out smoking greatly recover oral hygiene, while we have also taken a look at gingivitis and foods to avoid in another blog post.
We started this post by asking if bleeding gums are usual, we’ll end it by respectfully suggesting that the question is irrelevant.
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