If you brush your teeth and notice blood in the sink or on the toothbrush, you probably assume that your gums have been agitated by your brushing and the bleeding is a normal part of taking care of your oral health. At times, this may be the simple case, but if it happens frequently it’s a sign that your gums may not be as healthy as you think.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
The presence of bacteria in a patient’s mouth can cause their gums to start bleeding. This bacteria feeds on food and sugar residue left over in your mouth after eating, and the bacteria’s waste left behind causes inflammation in the gums. When your gums are constantly irritated in this way, your immune system tries to fight the invading bacterial infection.
A continuous cycle of this process leads to sustained inflammation, and this damage to the tissue of your gums themselves. Over time, in addition to bleeding gums, you will notice plaque and eventually tartar building up on your teeth at the gum line, which is a white, hard substance that requires professional cleaning to remove.
Come For A Dental Checkup
If your gums do bleed frequently, the first thing to do is to contact us for an exam. We’ll take a look at the health of your gums, take x-rays of your mouth, and by making a check-up a priority, we’ll be able to catch any concerns early and recommend necessary treatment, starting with a cleaning. We can also discuss ways you can add to or change your oral hygiene habits to help fight off the bacteria and ensure it has no room to collect again.
Oral Hygiene At Home
Once you’re out of the office and home again, you’ll need to keep up with the plan you and your dentist put together. You may need to change your teeth brushing technique, as well as pick up a soft bristled brush to ensure you’re not doing harm to the sensitive gum tissue.
Use a circular motion to brush your teeth, and use a pea sized blob of toothpaste on your brush. Bacteria lurks in all areas of the mouth, so including your tongue in your brushing routine, the roof of your mouth, and the insides of your cheeks, will help remove it.
Follow up with an anti-cavity mouthwash.
Reduce how much and how often you expose your teeth to harmful foods like sugar and soda. Bacteria flourishes on the sweet residue left behind on your teeth.
Schedule An Appointment Today!
Thankfully, here in Boston, we’re an experienced dental group that will consult with you and show you how to stop your gums from bleeding, and lay all of your gum disease worries to rest. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us soon.