Don’t just pass it off as nothing, bleeding gums is one of the most common signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If there are accompanying symptoms like swelling, redness or increased sensitivity be sure to see your dentist right away. Early treatment is the best way to avoid the more serious consequences of full blown periodontitis.
Plaque is the underlying cause of gum disease. It is formed by a combination of oral bacteria and the sugar contained in the foods that we eat. You can try to control a buildup of plaque by eating healthier foods and by brushing and flossing every day, but the best preventive is to keep regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist and hygienist. If plaque hardens into tartar it can only be removed by a hygienist’s tool, and should be done asap. A professional cleaning once every six months can reduce the risk of plaque buildup.
Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of good oral health, but home care is also important. It’s possible that you may be applying too much pressure when you brush or that you’re using the wrong kind of toothbrush. Your dentist will be able to find out exactly what’s causing your gums to bleed and recommend the appropriate treatment.
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