Gingivitis - Take Bleeding Gums Seriously

Gingivitis - A warning from your body

All too often, we ignore bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding, your body is telling you that there is a problem. If your arm was bleeding when you had a shower, surely you wouldn't ignore that. Swollen gums, or gums that bleed when you brush? If this is the case, then you are suffering from gingivitis.

Why do my gums bleed?

Bleeding gums, or more accurately, gingivitis is an inflammation of the gingival (gum) tissues within your mouth. This inflammation is as a result of bugs and bacteria being present in excessive numbers. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and if left treated can progress to periodontitis which is a more serious condition.

A sign of other illnesses

In some cases, bleeding gums or swollen may be a sign of other more serious conditions such as diabetes, or even leukaemia. Your dentist is often the first person to spot these conditions so if you suspect a problem, don't delay in seeking care. People taking certain medications are also more prone to gum conditions. Often pregnancy causes bleeding and inflamed gums. This is relatively commonplace and resolves once pregnancy is completed.

Gingivitis Treatments

It can be reversed! Firstly, we will ensure you are brushing your teeth correctly. Simply changing the way you brush, or cleaning in between your teeth can resolve gingivitis. Procedures such as dental scaling and polishing will also aid your gums returning to a healthy pink colour. Speak to our dentists or our dental hygienists to discuss ways to resolve your bleeding gums.

Gingivitis Prevention

Firstly, brush your teeth regularly twice a day and clean between your teeth. Secondly, make sure you are using the correct toothbrush. Don't share toothbrushes as you can pass on gum disease. Most importantly, visit your dentist and your hygienist regularly!

 

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