Bleeding gums can be a sign that you have or are at risk of gum disease.
The main cause of bleeding gum is the buildup of plaque at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums.
Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. This can lead to increased plaque build-up, leading to increased bleeding and inflammation. This vicious cycle of events can lead to a more advanced form of gum disease, known as Periodontitis. The end result of this is tooth loss.
Other causes of bleeding gums include:
- Any bleeding disorder
- Brushing too hard
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
Visit the dentist at least once every 6 months for a check up, including screening for gum disease. Your Hygienist appointment will allow her to review your plaque removal techniques and advice accordingly. Follow your dentist’s and hygienist’s home care instructions.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, ensure that you follow the treatment advice for the best treatment outcomes.
At Bosden Farm Dental Practice, we are very lucky to have a Gum Disease Specialist, Dr Khurrum Hussain, who can treat advanced forms of gum disease. You may be referred to him for advice and care. Being a centre for gum disease referral, we also treat patients referred from our dental colleagues from other local practices. So you can be assured you are at the right place for the best care of your gum disease.
Ensure your oral hygiene routines are the best they can be. You should brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice a day. Make sure you are also cleaning in between the teeth, at least once a day, as this can also prevent plaque from building up.