Bleeding gums – is it normal?

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Redness or bleeding of the gums while brushing your teeth, using dental floss or biting into hard food is common, but it is not normal.

Healthy gums do not bleed.

The longer you leave your bleeding gums untreated, the greater your risk of periodontal damage.
There are many reasons gums bleed, but all should be referred to, and treated by, your dentist:

  • Inflammation
    Bleeding gums are often an indication that gums are inflamed. Inflammation is usually a response to bacteria on the surface of the teeth; and this is called Gingivitis.
  • Rough cleaning
    Bleeding gums may also be a result of rough cleaning. Gum tissue is delicate and brushing too hard, with incorrect technique or with a toothbrush that’s too firm, may be causing trauma. Traumatic cleaning may also result in the gums receding (gingival recession), and increase your risk of over-sensitive teeth or movement in the teeth.
  • Other serious medical conditions
    Bleeding gums are sometimes associated with serious medical conditions and inflammation elsewhere in the body. In some people, bleeding gums have been associated with stroke, heart attack or hardening of the arteries.Those with diabetes or who struggle to control blood glucose levels may also have higher susceptibility to periodontal inflammation.

What should I do?

If you experience bleeding gums, bad breath (or a bad taste in your mouth), receding gums, sensitive teeth, loose teeth or teeth that have moved, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Good dental hygiene is important in preventing gum disease. Your Smile Solutions specialist periodontist, general dentist or dental hygienist will show you correct brushing and flossing techniques to help ensure healthy teeth and gums.

If required, you may need to be referred to a periodontist who is a specialist in treating gum disease. Periodontal treatment involves careful, deep cleaning of the teeth to remove the cause of the problem.

To make an appointment to see a Smile Solutions dentist, call the friendly team at reception on 9650 4920. 

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