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What causes Bleeding gums?

What causes Bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums may be caused by a variety of reasons but we will outline the top few reasons which may be causing bleeding gums in our article today.

Most likely reasons for bleeding gums:

- Gingivitis (early gum disease)

- Periodontitis (advanced gum disease including bone loss)

- Infections of teeth (can have bleeding or pus discharge)

- Wisdom teeth infections (pockets of gum covering wisdom teeth can trap food and start to become inflamed and bleed easily and swell up)

We will elaborate on Gingivitis and Periodontitis in this article as they are the main causes of bleeding gums in the population.

Do you ever find that there is blood on your toothbrush when brushing your teeth?

This happens to be one of the most obvious signs of gum disease which is caused by the bacteria forming plaque on your tooth surfaces. This bacterial plaque is a white sticky layer that grows on your teeth from the nutrition in the food you consume on a daily basis. Over time, this plaque causes your gums to become inflamed and if left on your teeth for even longer, it hardens by using the calcium in your saliva to form tartar which is a hard rock-deposit on your tooth which can not be removed by brushing alone. Tartar forms in your gum pockets and causes gums to recede as well as loss of the bone supporting your teeth so that the teeth become “wobbly” over time.

How to prevent the progression of gum disease?

- Brush your teeth at lease 2 times a day morning and night and try to not consume food for as long as possible after brushing ie. Brush after eating breakfast and brush before going to bed at night

- Floss your teeth once a day to remove the plaque formed in the gaps between your teeth.

- Rinse with mouthwashes to reduce the bacterial load-we recommend non-alcoholic based mouthwashes

- Try to consume less sugary foods as the bacteria in the mouth feed on sugary foods

- Attend the dentist at least 2 times a year for routine check-ups, cleans to remove the plaque on teeth before they become tartar and preventative fluoride treatments.


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