It’s another typical morning for you where you begin your day by brushing your teeth, but when you do, you notice bleeding from your gums. Should you take this seriously? Your local dentist says you should and that it can be an early sign of gum (periodontal) disease. As you read on, you’ll learn what brings this about and what you can do to both restore your oral health and prevent gum disease.
What Makes Gums Bleed?
Aside from a laceration or direct trauma, the other reason for bleeding gums is that plaque has begun to penetrate beneath the gumline and is causing irritation and inflammation. As a result, you may notice the following symptoms along with the bleeding:
These could be the early signs of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, but if treated in time, more serious problems can be prevented.
Ways to Treat Gum Disease
The main culprit of gum disease is bacteria. Thus, any efforts to prevent or treat it have to start with eradicating harmful bacteria.
Here are some ways to accomplish that:
- Brushing and Flossing – These two forms of dental hygiene form a powerful combination to remove debris and bacteria from the surface and between your teeth. In doing so, it prevents prolonged decay that eventually leads to gum disease.
- Tongue Scraping – Another way to keep bacteria at bay is with tongue scraping. This tool gently glides along your tongue to remove debris that gets trapped between the papillae, the small bumps that line it. Thus, when your tongue is moving about in the mouth, it’s less likely to transport bacteria that eventually cause havoc.
- Better Food Selections – The quality of the foods you eat also plays a role in you fighting periodontal disease. That’s because bacteria are more attracted to the abundance of sugars and harmful substances that are found in snack foods. Eating more fruits and vegetables helps to create a healthier environment in the mouth that supports your dental wellness.
- Visiting Your Dentist – A final way you have to prevent gum disease is by visiting your dentist semi-annually for cleanings and checkups. These appointments serve two main purposes: to remove plaque and tartar and for both your hygienist and dentist to perform thorough examinations. Thus, if there are any signs of decay, they can be spotted and addressed early.
The Proactive Way Counts!
Maintaining your wellness is not about waiting for a problem to occur then treating it. Instead, it’s a way of life that focuses on doing the things necessary to prevent problems from arising. By following the above guidelines, you are taking huge steps in that direction. To schedule your preventive care visit, reach out to your dentist today!
About the Author
For over two decades, Dr. Neil Flenniken has been providing expert care to his patients. A graduate of Howard University, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, he remains steadfast in his efforts to stay abreast of the latest changes in the world of dentistry, which is why he maintains affiliation with several professional organizations. Dr. Flenniken helps patients maintain healthy gums at Monarch Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.