Do you often see blood when you brush your teeth? Or when you floss? If you do, you might be suffering from inflamed or bleeding gums.
It is important to see your Golden Square Dental dentist right away to have this treated. Gums that bleed regularly could be a sign that periodontal disease is starting to progress in your mouth.
Causes Of Bleeding Gums
Plaque Build Up
Poor oral hygiene allows plaque build up in your mouth. Plaque that is not removed causes the gums to recede from the teeth. Germs from the plaque attack the healthy gums and bones causing them to become irritated and inflamed.
Pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause are some of the situations that cause surges in the hormones. Hormonal changes expose your oral health, including your gums, to risks.
Smoking raises the risks of gum disease, which is associated with bleeding gums.
Some medications can also cause the gums to bleed as a side effect. Anti-depressants, certain heart medications, and oral contraceptives are some of these medications.
As noted, bleeding gums are only a sign of a developing dental problem. Once your gums bleed, you may have the first stage of gum disease- Gingivitis. It is painless, but that doesn’t mean that you can simply brush it off. Gingivitis can be reversed if attended to immediately, but the next stage, which is Periodontal Disease, cannot be reversed.
Aside from bleeding gums, the following are also symptoms of a developing gum disease. If you are suffering from one or two of these, do not hesitate to see your dentist.
- Receding gums
- Bad breath or bitter taste in your mouth
- Red and swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Change in the way your teeth fit when you bite
First Aid Steps
If you are experiencing a toothache/dental pain, here’s what you can do:
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of water). Do this several times a day.
- Floss your teeth, especially the affected area, to make sure that there is no food debris present.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain. Do not take aspirin if you are 18 years or below and never put aspirin on the tooth or the gums, as it will only burn them
- To reduce the pain you can also put clove oil on the tooth using a clean cotton swab or a piece of cloth.
- Call your dentist immediately.
Treatment at Golden Square Dental
Your dentist at Golden Square Dental will administer the following to stop your dental problem from worsening:
- Professional cleaning
- Habit correction (Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash will be stressed and should be practised)
- Proper diet (Foods that aid your gums to heal will also be recommended)
Before you begin your treatment at Golden Square Dental, your dentist will first perform a check-up on the status of your gums by checking the depth of the gum pockets. Healthy gum pockets measure 1-3 mm in depth.
Golden Square Dental – Your Local Dentist in Golden Square
Attention is very important to prevent a simple dental issue from becoming worse. If you have the abovementioned symptoms, see your dentist right away.
At Golden Square Dental, we not only work to give you dazzling pearly whites but also to give you a healthy mouth as well.
Our team of dedicated dentist and staff has the knowledge, skills and technology to help you attain a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Call us at (03) 5443 0063 or request your appointment online today!