The amount of blood involved might not seem like a big deal. However, if your gums are bleeding regularly, it is dangerous ignore it.
Bleeding gums are often a sign of gingivitis or some more serious condition. If you do notice tenderness or bleeding, your first stop should always be at Alex Bratic Dental Care in Beenleigh.
What Causes Bleeding/Tender/Inflamed Teeth?
Most cases of bleeding gums are due to dental plaque (bacterial deposits) and calculus (tartar) building up where the teeth and gums come together. This causes the gum tissues to become inflamed, which is known as gingivitis. If plaque and calculus continue to accumulate over time, continuing inflammation can lead to bad breath, tenderness and bleeding.
In serious cases there can be a breakdown between the teeth and the gums, and the development of “pockets” between the teeth and gum. This can lead to eventual bone damage, loose teeth, and even loss of teeth.
There are other potential causes for bleeding or tender gums:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco is one of the greatest risk factors associated with gum disease. If you use tobacco products, check with your dentist or hygienist as to how they may affect your gums.
- Hormonal changes in women during pregnancy, can lead to gums that are more sensitive and prone to inflammation or bleeding.
- Anything that depresses your immune system can lead to gingivitis. Eat well and try to control your stress levels.
- Many medications can affect oral health, including gum health. Estimates are that over 400 medications can lead to bleeding gums. Tell your dentist or hygienist if you take any prescription or over-the-counter medication
Avoiding And Treating Sensitive Or Bleeding Gums
The best thing to do is avoid sensitive gums by practicing good dental habits. Floss once a day and brush twice, for at least two minutes each time. This is your first line of defense.
Because plaque can build up despite good dental habits, see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings that will remove stuck-on plaque from your teeth.
If your gums are tender or bleed, see your Beenleigh dentist as soon as possible. We offer a range of treatments including regular cleaning, and deep cleaning and scaling. We will recommend the option that is right for you!
Exceptional Dental Care for Damage-free Teeth at Alex Bratic Dental Care
At Alex Bratic Dental Care, we take extra steps to help improve your dental care and oral health with our comprehensive preventative dentistry. From bleeding gums to cosmetic dentistry, we are your partners in dental and overall health!
Alex Bratic Dental Care is conveniently located in City Road at Beenleigh. We are close to transport and our onsite parking is free and very easy to access.
Contact us on (07) 3287 2627 or simply book your appointment online.