Do you sometimes have bleeding gums after brushing your teeth or flossing? Repeated gum bleeding is a sign of gum disease. It can be gingivitis or periodontitis. If your gums bleed frequently, we recommend that you investigate the cause.
Most of the time, bleeding gums can be fixed by taking care of your oral health. However, the cause is important to know, since in some cases professional treatment may be necessary.
What are the causes of bleeding gums?
The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums caused by the accumulation of plaque on or below the gumline. Although benign, gingivitis can worsen if left untreated and turn into periodontitis, a more serious oral pathology.
Your bleeding may also be caused by smoking, poor nutrition, or certain medications, especially those that dry the mouth, change blood pressure or interfere with the proper functioning of the immune system.
In any case, it is always best to consult your dentist or oral care specialist to find out exactly what is causing the bleeding.
Gum bleeding: prevention and treatment
There are not a thousand and one ways to prevent bleeding gums: good oral hygiene is essential. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily are necessary to prevent the build-up of tartar and bacteria, which helps keep your gums healthy. You can also use mouthwash for additional protection against bacteria.
Make sure you also use a good quality toothbrush and change it every three months: this will prevent you from irritating your gums with damaged bristles and exposing them to bacteria that will have accumulated on your toothbrush.
If bleeding persists, it is important to consult a professional as soon as possible. Your dentist can check for pockets between your teeth and the edge of the gum. They may also take an X-ray of your mouth to detect any loss of bone mass.
Do you suffer from bleeding gums? Consult a specialist
If your gums bleed despite maintaining good oral hygiene, we strongly recommend that you consult an oral care specialist. The bleeding may conceal a more urgent pathology requiring surgery.
At Clinique MFML, we have the in-depth knowledge and expertise to detect and treat various oral diseases. If you would like to get the opinion of one of our experts, contact us today. Our surgeons specialize in oral and maxillofacial surgery and will identify and treat the various lesions that may be present in your mouth and jaw.