When it comes to bleeding gums, dentists find that many individuals assume that a little bleeding here and there is okay. In reality, it’s important to take bleeding gums seriously, particularly if they are red and irritated. These are signs of Gingivitis, and though it is the mildest form of gum disease, it is also a precursor to advanced disease and periodontitis.
For the most part, Gingivitis is a result of poor dental and oral hygiene. For instance, when an individual is inconsistent with brushing and flossing, plaque and other bacteria remain on teeth and gums. In turn, gum tissues become swollen and puffy, and the chance of infection is high. While professional dental cleanings can remove hardened plaque and tartar, some individuals skip regular checkups, making their teeth and gums even more prone to advanced disease and ultimately tooth loss.
The Mayo Clinic notes the following signs and symptoms of Gingivitis:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Dusky red or dark red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tender gums
With a greater awareness of Gingivitis, it’s also wise to consider other conditions that make you more susceptible to developing Gingivitis. Some of these include smoking or chewing tobacco, dry mouth, poor nutrition (particularly lack of vitamin C), misalignments, immune disorders, cancer treatments, genetics and hormonal changes. Additionally, if you take certain prescriptions for the treatment of epilepsy (Dilantin, Phenytek), angina or high blood pressure, it’s important to stay on top of regular dental visits to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy.
Aside from saving your teeth and preserving your smile, there’s another reason to take care of your teeth and gums. Though research is ongoing, evidence suggests that bacteria associated with periodontal gum disease can enter the bloodstream and affect vital organs such as the heart and lungs.
A Healthy Mouth Is Strongly Linked To A Healthy Body
Welcome to Pleasant Plains Dental, where Dr. Henry J. Ernst and the team believe that a healthy mouth is strongly linked to a healthy body. That’s why we offer a complete menu of general and preventative services to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Do you notice bleeding when you brush or floss? Has it been some time since your last dental visit? Call Pleasant Plains Dental today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Henry J. Ernst, Pleasant Plains Dental
Pleasant Plains Dental
Indian Trail, NC 28079