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For help with your bleeding gums
A sign that something is wrong
The sight of a little blood from a cut or scrape rarely causes alarm, so why would a little blood in your bathroom sink or on your toothbrush be a concern? The reason is simple – healthy gums don’t bleed. Bleeding gums are a sign that you should visit the dentist as soon as you can.
What causes bleeding gums?
If your gums bleed, it’s a symptom you may have gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal, or gum disease. In fact, bleeding gums is one of the few clues this progressive but painless condition offers up. Persistent bad breath, sensitive teeth and red, puffy or discoloured gums are some other signs that may develop as the disease progresses.
Plaque is the main culprit behind gum disease. A by-product of the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth, plaque is a clear, sticky substance that coats your teeth every day. While it can be removed by brushing and flossing, most people aren’t able to reach every nook and cranny in their mouths; very often, some plaque is left behind.
Over time, plaque turns into a much harder substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing and it can cause the gums that surround your teeth to become infected or inflamed. That’s where the bleeding comes from.
Gingivitis and gum disease are preventable and treatable
Without treatment, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. The good news is it is preventable, and, if it does manage to creep in, it’s treatable in its early stages and may be reversed in more advanced cases.
The best way to protect yourself from gum disease is to avoid it in the first place. This can be quite effectively accomplished with regular brushing (twice daily), flossing (at least once daily) and regular dental cleanings and oral exams.
- Regular oral home care will help to remove plaque
- Dental cleanings can remove any hardened tartar
- The oral exam allows Chestermere dentist Dr Lowry to examine your teeth for infection and gum health
If signs of gum disease are discovered, Dr Lowry can prescribe treatment to halt or reverse it. This treatment could include:
- special mouthwashes to clear up the infection
- root scaling and planing to remove infection and prevent it from returning
- gum reattachment or pocket surgery in severe cases
Don’t let gum disease impact your health
Healthy teeth and gums are important for your oral and overall health. If you have bleeding gums or any other symptom of gum disease, please schedule an appointment.