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Bleeding from Gums? An Ominous Sign of Poor Oral Health!

We often see advertisements on Television of a person biting into an apple and seeing blood stains on it. Yes, that is exactly what bleeding from gums look like. One of the most common ailments these days and often the most neglected one also – 60% of Adult population suffers from bleeding gums. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 people think that bleeding from gums or that occasional blood that we see while brushing is normal – IT IS NOT!

We overlook our dental health and even neglect it at times until we feel pain – bleeding gums is an early indication of a more severe oral issue. While caring for your teeth is important, many people forget the value of caring for their gums as an important part of maintaining good oral health. Gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth since gums provide important support for your teeth. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease.

Lots of patients ask the question on how this bleeding from the gums started suddenly? Bleeding from the gums never starts abruptly (unless there is a trauma). There is a dynamic equilibrium between Gingival bacteria and the host defense mechanism. When this balance tilts (mostly due to poor oral hygiene) bleeding starts.

ORAL FACTORS

1) Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gingiva (gums) caused due to build-up of plaque at the gum line. When the condition worsens this gingivitis progresses to Periodontitis.

2) Periodontitis – When inflammation involves not just the gums but also the periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone leading to its resorption and the associated loosening or mobility of teeth.

3) Trauma – accident of injury to the gum tissues.

4) Hard Brushing – damage the gingival papillae (gum margin).

5) Ill Fitting Dental Prothesis and Over-hanging Restorations (Fillings).

6) Oral cysts and Tumours are also known to induce bleeding from the gums.

7) Bruxism Teeth clenching (Read more here: svdentalclinics.com/2019/02/clenching-your-teeth-while-youre-asleep-not-a-good-sign-for-you/)

SYSTEMIC FACTORS:

1) Stress – Any stress, be it physical, emotional or psychological.

2) Smoking

3) Sleep Deprivation – under 6 hours of sleep.

4) Bleeding Disorders – like Vit K deficiency.

5) Pregnancy

6) Diabetes

7) Some medications like warfarin and dilantin cause excessive bleeding from gums.

Here are some oral hygiene tips that will help you keep your entire mouth healthier and help prevent or reduce gum bleeding. However, it is advised to see your dentist at the first sign of bleeding gums. He will evaluate your condition and prescribe the best treatment for your case.

Some Simple Steps to Prevent or Improve Bleeding Gums:

1) Brushing –When Bleeding from Gums occurs due to poor oral hygiene, the resumption of proper brushing and flossing routine can show a marked improvement.

2) Warm Saline Gargles Before bedtime. You can read more about the benefits of Warm Saline Gargles (W.S.G.) here: http://svdentalclinics.com/2018/04/6-reasons-why-warm-saline-gargles-are-a-must-for-good-oral-health/

3) Gargles with Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide – After meals.

4) Visiting your dentist every 6 months – so that early signs of gingivitis can be detected and properly dealt with.

5) In case bleeding from the gums is due to any of the above-mentioned systemic factors, a consultation with your physician is advised.

Bleeding gums are a warning and a sign of imbalance in the oral cavity. The Key is to restore the balance. We at Sree Venkateswara Dental Clinics, firmly endorse the age old saying healthy mouth equals healthy body. So, take good care of your gums and if you notice any bleeding – take action.

Sree Venkateswara Dental Clinics 
I.N.A. | Munirka Enclave | Noida 
Restoring Smiles since 1973…

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6 Reasons Why Warm Saline Gargles are a Must for Good Oral Health!

For many years Warm Saline Gargles (W.S.G.) have been advocated by dentists all over the world as a simple yet effective tool for maintaining good oral health. Doing gargles by adding a pinch of salt mixed in a glass (200 ml) of warm water everyday aids in maintaining a healthy mouth and also soothes the throat and reduces upper respiratory tract infection owing to the antibacterial properties of salt. Although the advancement in Dentistry has been unprecedented over the last few years, yet Warm Saline Gargles have retained its importance due to its convenience and the long list of benefits. In today’s times when a majority of mouth washes have alcohol as high as 20% in them, proven to be a primary factor leading to increase in oral cancer cases, warm salt water gargles are ever more relevant.

Read below for 6 Benefits of this Do-it-at-Home Miracle Oral Health Routine:

  1. Post Oral Surgery – Doing W.S.G. after oral surgeries like Extractions and Implants reduces the risk of infection and keeps the surgical site clean.
  2. Patients Suffering from Gum Disease – Patients having gum diseases like Gingivitis and Periodontitis are greatly helped by doing Warm Saline Gargles. The salt changes the microflora of the gum tissue (due to osmosis) by flushing out the harmful bacteria and keeping the gingival margins intact while preventing Bad Breadth (Halitosis).
  3. Remedy for Tooth Pain – Whenever a cavity is left untreated, it reaches deeper and deeper inside the tooth causing pain. Regularly doing Warm Salt Water Gargles reduces the accumulation of pus caused due to cavity progress, thereby reducing pain.
  4. Outbreak of Ulcers – Many times there is a spurt of oral ulcers (i.e. Aphthous Ulcers) in certain people. Doing Warm Salt Water Gargles prevents the risk of infection in these patients and also helps in repair of the inflamed mucosa.
  5. Strengthens the Enamel – Salt has one of the most effective ingredients for maintaining enamel strength and the best-known anti-cavity agent ever – Fluoride.
  6. Prevents Formation of Plaque – Due to flushing action and antibacterial nature of salt, plaque formation is greatly controlled. It is this plaque that in due course of time gets converted to tartar and causes gum infections.

At Sree Venkateswara Dental Clinics, in our experience we have seen the benefits of Warm Saline Gargles and hence have been advising our patients to do W.S.G. at least once before bedtime everyday for the last 40 years.

Sree Venkateswara Dental Clinics
I.N.A. | Munirka Enclave | Noida
Restoring Smiles since 1973…
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