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.
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/)
1) Stress – Any stress, be it physical, emotional or psychological.
3) Sleep Deprivation – under 6 hours of sleep.
4) Bleeding Disorders – like Vit K deficiency.
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: https://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.
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