For many people, seeing a drop or two of blood when flossing or brushing is such a commonplace occurrence it almost seems normal, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. When skin bleeds, it’s the sign of an injury. It means something is wrong. The skin of the mouth and gums is no exception.
Bleeding gums are one sign of several different issues, but all of them end in gum disease. Perodontitis, the clinical name for severe gum disease, is a serious condition that can lead to infection, pain, and even tooth loss. To get to the root of your bleeding gums problem, consider the following:
How’s Your Hygiene?
Not following an adequate oral health regimen is the most straightforward cause of bleeding gums. If you aren’t brushing and flossing as much as you should be, plaque visibly builds up on your teeth and traps bacteria, causing infection of the gums. It doesn’t take long for this to happen either; research shows that healthy gums can become diseased within as little as 24 hours of not brushing.
Commit to regular brushing, flossing, and professional checkups and cleanings. An electric toothbrush to massage the gums, an antibacterial mouthwash, or a water pick are all good additions to your routine as well.
How’s Your Diet?
The roles that food and nutrtion play in the health of your teeth and gums isn’t limited to just sugary foods. Those can promote tooth decay, but everything you eat affects health and development of all your body’s organs and tissues including gums. Adding fruit and vegetables to your diet and cutting down on processed foods will promote overall health and help your body fight gum disease.
How Are Your Habits?
Smokers suffer from gum disease and other dental ailments at staggeringly higher rates than non-smokers do. The heat, smoke, tar, and chemicals of cigarette smoking take a toll on the teeth and mouth tissues, damage salivary glands, and degrade tissues. Talk to your doctor about kicking the butts to see an improvement in the health of your gums and your whole body!
Stress is another major contributor to gum disease, because it wears away at your energy level’s and your body’s ability to fight disease and replenish tissues. Creative activities, exercise, meditation, therapy, and medications are all suitable ways to deal with stress.
By paying attention the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and making a few changes to your routine under the supervision of a competent dentist, you can quite possibly reverse these negative effects and regain your gum health! Contact Infinite Dental Wellness today to schedule a checkup!