Bleeding gums – a sign that it’s time to visit the dentist
If you notice that your gums are bleeding, know that you are not the only one. Bleeding gums is a common problem, but you should pay attention to it as soon as possible, because it can lead to much more serious problems in the oral cavity and leave deep consequences.
It is important to know that healthy gums do not bleed.
Bleeding gums is a condition in which blood leaks from the gums and from the space between the teeth, and the causes can be numerous. The most common cause is the accumulation of plaque and food on the gums which eventually lead to gingivitis. If plaque is not cleaned by brushing your teeth regularly, it can turn into tartar. The appearance of stones leads to even more abundant and frequent bleeding.
Visit us in the “Dr. Cvjetković” office because we are one of the few dental offices that pays great attention not only to the health of the teeth, but also to the entire oral cavity, gums and the supporting appliance of the teeth. We provide you with detailed training to establish proper oral hygiene, and this is a key factor in preventing dental and gum disease. Of course, we do not end our socializing here, but we continuously monitor your condition at regular inspections.
Bleeding gums mark the beginning of a disease of the gums and bones around the teeth, called periodontitis. With adequate and timely response, periodontitis can be successfully prevented and treated.
Why does bleeding gums occur?
Bleeding gums can occur due to several factors and some of them are:
- Rough brushing of teeth and use of toothbrushes of inadequate hardness
- Lack of vitamins C and K.
- Changing the routine of flossing
- Hormonal disorders during pregnancy (gingivitis gravidarum)
- Idiopathic thrombocytopenia
- Tooth infection
Bleeding gums are a condition that most often occur due to inadequate maintenance of oral hygiene and insufficient cleaning of the space between the teeth and gums. Sometimes it happens that the hygiene of the mouth and teeth is difficult due to oversized old fillings or crowns in the area of the gums. Such restorations retain food and should be replaced to prevent disease progression and inflammation of the supporting tooth tissue.
In practice, we relatively often see bleeding gums under a ceramic bridge because hygiene can be difficult. In order to prevent this phenomenon, it is necessary to use interdental brushes. With bridges on implants, there are various aids that need to be used, about which you will get more information in the office.
If bleeding gums occur only during brushing, the cause may be an inadequate choice of toothbrush or brushing technique. We will solve this dilemma during the examination and training on proper oral hygiene.
You need to know that bleeding gums are common in pregnancy and are caused by hormonal imbalance. It happens that he is persistent even with adequate oral hygiene. The good news is that it stops after childbirth or breastfeeding when the hormonal balance is restored.
In babies and children, bleeding gums are mainly caused by the eruption of teeth, injuries to the mucous membrane by food or objects. Treatment is simple and generally does not require special measures.
Our specialists in this field will assess the real problem and give you the best advice.
How is bleeding gums treated?
It is treated in relation to the cause that induced it. Since in most cases bleeding gums occur due to inadequate oral hygiene, dental plaque should be removed at regular check-ups and proper oral hygiene should be trained. Teeth and the space between the teeth and gums must be carefully brushed twice a day.