How to Stop Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums can be an indication of gum disease and cannot be ignored. Usually, people think they need to stop or reduce brushing or flossing their teeth when they notice bleeding but in fact, they need to do the exact opposite!
Causes of Bleeding Gums
One of the biggest causes of bleeding gums is the build-up of plaque along the gumline. Plaque that is not removed by correct brushing and flossing techniques hardens into tartar and can irritate the gums, this will then cause gums to bleed and can progress into more advanced forms of gum disease such as gingivitis.
The best way to reduce plaque to increase your oral care routine. Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush as sometimes hard toothbrushes are too abrasive and may damage your teeth in the long term.
Other contributing factors may be your diet or medication. Foods that contain lots of sugar or simple carbohydrates increase your risk for tooth and gum problems, as sugar creates an ideal environment for plaque to form.
Some over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin, may thin the blood and can, therefore, increase bleeding. It is also possible that prescription medication can cause bleeding gums.
What your North Lakes dentist can do
If you think it might be your medication please speak with your doctor and he/she make change your dose or suggest a different medication.
If you find that the bleeding continues to make an appointment to come in and speak with Dr Sam so he can examine your teeth to determine if you have a more serious condition such as advanced gum disease.
More adults lose teeth due to gum disease than decay so please don’t delay making this appointment.
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