Bleeding Gums Should Not Be Ignored
Bleeding gums is usually a sign of gum disease which occurs progressively and in stages. The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and is characterised by redness and irritation of the gums caused by the buildup of plaque. Untreated gingivitis will progress and become periodontal (gum) disease.
In most cases, bleeding gums will be a sign of gum disease as opposed to aggressive brushing. Bleeding gums should not be assumed to be the result of aggressive brushing or flossing. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss then it is almost a certainty that they are unhealthy. Visit your dentist if you notice any bleeding from the gums.
The accumulation of plaque on the gum line is another cause of swollen, red, and bleeding gums. Failure to have the plaque removed will make gum tissue swollen leading to spaces between the gum line and the roots of teeth. Infection of the root of a tooth may eventually lead to tooth loss. The recession of the gums may also happen making it difficult to brush without the gums bleeding.
Bleeding gums that are accompanied by symptoms such as loose teeth, sensitive teeth and appearance of elongated teeth suggests advanced gum disease. You could also look out for other symptoms such as incessant bad breath and sore gums.
Immediately visit your dentist who will diagnose the problem and provide the necessary treatment and professional advice. Gum disease is treated through deep cleaning or root planing and scaling to get rid of infection, bacteria and plaque. Early treatment increases the chances of success. Long term success of treatment is reliant on regular brushing and flossing at home.
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