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Hygiene to protect against bleeding gums

Bleeding Gums: Causes and Treatments

About Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums can be a sign of several different conditions, including gum disease and other more serious health problems. The first thing to do if you notice blood after brushing or flossing is to consult with a dental professional. The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis at an early stage of gum disease. However, bleeding gums can be a symptom of more serious conditions.

What to do about bleeding gums:

  • Good oral hygiene: this is the most effective way to prevent gum disease. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and consider using an antiseptic mouthwash.

  • Regular dental check ups: visit your dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning.

  • Quit smoking: smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease. If you smoke, ask your doctor for tips and resources to quit.

  • Health diet: eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C NK

Causes of Bleeding Gums:

  • Poor oral hygiene: inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup on your teeth, causing your gums to become inflamed and bleed.

  • Gingivitis: this is the early stage of gum disease and is characterised by inflammation, swelling, and bleeding gums.

  • Periodontitis: this is a more advanced form of gum disease and is characterised by infection, gum damage, and loss of bone.

  • Medication: certain medications, including blood thinners, can cause your gums to bleed.

  • Diet: a poor diet can lead to bleeding gums, especially if it's low in vitamin C or K.

  • Pregnancy gingivitis: hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to inflammation of the gums, causing them to bleed.

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If you notice bleeding in your gums after brushing or flossing contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our dentists will conduct a thorough examination to diagnose the problem and discuss options with you to treat the condition successfully.

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