You have just hopped out of bed to start your morning. You brushed your teeth, and now you are going to floss. You are thinking about the activities you have planned for the day. Then everything comes to a screeching halt.
There is blood in the sink again. Why are your gums bleeding? Are your teeth on the verge of falling out?
You have likely heard that bleeding gums could mean that a person has gum disease. You are not exactly sure what gum disease is or what steps can be taken for treating it. Don’t worry. Let’s talk about bleeding gums and what you can do to improve them.
Your gums could bleed for a variety of reasons:
- Poor Dental Hygiene: We are not saying that you are dirty. However, your brushing and flossing may not be as effective as they need to be. You might leave behind the bacteria that is infecting your gums, leading to inflammation. The result is swollen tissue, bleeding, and tenderness.
- Gum Disease/Periodontal Disease: If you have periodontal disease, you likely have deep pockets around your teeth. These deep pockets let bacteria get deeper into your gums. Brushing and flossing cannot address the issue.
- Medication: There are certain medications that are designed to thin the blood. This makes it easier for you to bruise and bleed.
- You Are Pregnant: Pregnancy causes hormones to fluctuate, which leads to bleeding gums. This happens even if you are doing your best when it comes to brushing and flossing.
What Does Gum Disease Mean for Your Life?
Oral health impacts your overall health.
Your gums support your teeth. They are what give your teeth the stability they require so they can properly function. Sadly, if gum disease advances, your teeth might become loose and fall out of your mouth. This is even if your teeth suffered no decay.
Your heart health is impacted by gum disease. Over the past two decades, researchers have seen a clear link between gum inflammation and your risk for heart disease. Gum inflammation can impact your cognitive abilities, cause pregnancy complications, and complicate diabetes. Brushing and flossing are not solely good for your teeth. They are good for your entire body.
What Steps Can You Take to Improve Your Gum Health?
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to improve the health of your gums. First, call Dentistry By RSE and schedule an appointment. During this appointment, our dentists can look at your gums and tell you if you have gum disease. Armed with this information, they can help you take steps to improve your oral health.
Our hygienists can also professionally clean your teeth. This means that they can get rid of tartar and plaque from under your gum line. You may not be able to clean these areas on your own.
If gum disease is found, we will tell you the treatment options you have. There are several nonsurgical therapies that can drastically improve your oral health. Laser treatments, deep cleanings, and antibiotics are among some options available to you.
Finally, we provide comprehensive oral hygiene instructions. There are many people who are flossing and brushing their teeth incorrectly. Instructions from a trained professional can help you make the most of your time flossing and brushing. The work you do to care for your teeth at home is just as valuable as any professional treatment you might get.
Remember, we are working together. The goal is to give you the best oral health possible.