Here at Michael Mabry dental clinic, we often receive a call from our patients saying, “My gums are bleeding.” We recommend them to see Dr. Michael Mabry as soon as possible to identify the real cause of a bit of blood that they see in the sink after brushing.
Blood in the gums isn’t healthy. Even if you have your teeth cleaned professionally, bleeding gums may indicate a serious medical or dental condition. If you experience gum pain and soreness when you floss or brush your teeth, you need to see your dentist right away. Soreness in the gums may be a sign of a gum disease, known as gingivitis.
What is gingivitis?
It’s a gum disease that, if left untreated, can wreak havoc on your health. Gingivitis can destroy your gums, which may lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease is common. In fact, 80 percent of the adult population suffers from it, and 10 percent of them aren’t aware of it. The reason for this is that the signs of gingivitis don’t show up until it’s already in the middle or late stages.
The good news is that you can avoid it by just changing your daily habits. You can slash your risk for gum pain, teeth sensitivity, gum soreness and seeing blood after brushing.
Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
If you don’t brush and floss daily, it can result to a visible plaque in your teeth, and it may cause your gums to swell. If you don’t care for your oral tissues, healthy gums can turn into diseased gums within a few diseases.
Committing to a regular professional cleaning and home care is vital. Although a manual toothbrush may help in cleaning your teeth, we recommend electric toothbrush as it doesn’t only clean your teeth, but it also massages gums to promote blood flow.
After brushing, floss your teeth. It’s also important to rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to further reduce bacteria in your mouth.
Avoid sugary foods
Sugary foods aren’t only bad for your waistline, but they’re also harmful to your teeth. Instead of opting for processed foods, try consuming more fruits and vegetables. You should also eat fish oil and other anti-inflammatory foods. They’re all vital in maintaining a healthy oral system.
Smokers are more likely to develop gingivitis and gum pain because of the toxins found in cigarettes.
Some medications can increase your likelihood of suffering from gum pain and teeth sensitivity. Aspirin, for instance, can thin your blood and may increase your chances of bleeding. Some prescription medicines can also cause gum bleeding. If your medications are the cause of gum pain, you should talk to your prescribing physician so he/she could prescribe a different brand or medicine.
Do not stop taking your prescription medications without first talking to your doctor.
See Your Dentist
Make an appointment with your dentist if your gums won’t stop bleeding even after you’ve changed your oral care habits and adjusted your medicines. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to know the real cause of your bleeding gums. Treatment may be necessary.