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Bleeding gums

Bleeding gums is sign that your gums are not healthy. It is actually a response to bacterial biofilm (plaque) that, when left in contact with the gum tissues, causes the earliest form of gum disease (gingivitis). Because of improper brushing and flossing plaque gets accumulated near gums margin,as plaque contains bacteria it causes inflammation of gums. Plaque that is not removed may harden to tartar which is difficult to remove by brushing. If untreated gingivitis may progress to periodontitis which will result in loosening of teeth, receding gums, loss of jaw bone and a change in the way your teeth fit when you bite. So It is important not to ignore your bleeding gums.

What causes bleeding from gums

  • Plaque / calculus (Improper brushing and flossing )
  • Faulty overhanging restorations
  • Brushing too hard
  • Any bleeding disorder
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Medications (blood thinners)
  • Infection related to gums
  • Leukemia
  • Scurvy

How can you avoid bleeding gums

  • Visit to your dentist once every 6 months for plaque removal and follow home care instructions
  • Brush and floss properly twice daily
  • Use soft brush and don’t exert much pressure while brushing
  • Use antimicrobial mouthwash
  • If bleeding is prolonged visit medical practitioner
  • Take balanced diet

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