More than 80% of adults have some form of periodontal disease and 99% of those have no signs to indicate they have a problem. Your mouth is a portal to your body. More than 90% of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations.
When you research the problem of bleeding gums, you will quickly realize that EVERYONE has a toothpaste solution to this problem.
Other than seeing your dentist, which should be your first step, exactly what can you do on your own to help with bleeding gums?
The first line of defense is proper dental hygiene:
- Brush your teeth after every meal.
- If any bleeding is noticed while brushing, this means you need to brush and floss more often or more thoroughly and that you need your teeth professionally cleaned.
- Floss at least once/day using proper flossing methods. By not flossing you allow the bacteria to build up to dangerous levels.
- Decrease the quantity and frequency of your consumption of sugar. Sugar helps plaque grow.
- Visit your dentist twice a year.
- Mouth rinse containing chlorhexidine, an antimicrobial agent, which removes excess bacteria.
- use a high-quality electric toothbrush.
Is bleeding of the gum a serious problem?
Yes, bleeding gums is a serious problem. It is either indicating the beginning of the destructive process involving the supporting tissue around the tooth or some serious underlying systemic problems. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that damage the gums.
The adage “To keep your teeth, take care of your gums.” has a basis in reality. Gingivitis is one of the most common forms of gum (periodontal) disease. Gingivitis affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. The bacteria which causes gingivitis, can turn into tartar buildup, irritate your gums and lead to bleeding. Left unchecked, gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. This long-term infection can eventually cause loss of your teeth. Gum disease - not decay - is the #1 cause of tooth loss. Gum disease generally doesn’t hurt. You may have it for years before you feel discomfort. Don’t wait until you feel the pain.
When plaque has hardened on your teeth, it will be necessary for a dental hygienist or a dentist to scrape this material off your teeth.
Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent bleeding gums, gingivitis, and periodontitis.