Bleeding Gums? Good or Bad?

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This entry was posted in Dental Advice on April 3, 2014 by Robert B Stanton

Bleeding GumsGums play an important role in not only your oral health but overall health as well. It’s important to pay close attention to your gums. You may not know it, but you may be suffering some type of gum disease. More than three-quarters of American adults over age 35+ have some sort of periodontal (gum) disease. You may be one of them if you suffer one the following symptoms:

  • Development of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed during and after brushing teeth

No matter what people think, it is never “normal” for your gums to bleed, no matter how hard you brush or floss. There are many reasons that cause bleeding gums.

Poor oral hygiene

When people fail to keep their teeth and gums clean the soft tissue gets inflamed from bacterial plaque buildups and the gums may bleed. Brushing and flossing several times per day can avoid this and regular visits to your dentist.

Crooked or mal-positioned teeth

Crooked teeth can also lead to food getting trapped between them and plaque buildups. This causes the gums to bleed due to swelling.

Vitamin C deficiency

Medically known as scurvy, this happens when one doesn’t consume enough fruits and vegetables. This leads to swollen, painful gums, which bleed easily.

Bleeding Gums occur at various stages in a woman’s life: puberty, during pregnancy or the postmenopausal phase.

Cancer

Certain types of cancers such as leukemia or multiple myeloma may cause gums to bleed.

Whatever the cause, there are steps one can take to minimize permanent damage and discomfort. By changing certain habits one can lower the risk for gum disease or stop its progression. These include brushing properly, using a Sonicare toothbrush, and flossing or waterpiking several times a day. These are preventative measures. Once gum diseases starts, a professional must treat it.  If left untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and health problems. If you notice bleeding gums visit a Dentist as soon as you can.