Bleeding gums is often a sign of gingivitis which is the earliest stage of gum disease, but there are other possibilities. A change in your home dental care routine for instance, could prompt temporary bleeding. Your hygienist may have asked if you’ve been flossing as often as you should and uh-oh, you haven’t so now you vow to do better. Your teeth and gums may be sensitive to the floss at first but they will become accustomed to it in short order and the long term results will be worth the initial discomfort.
Take stock of your toothbrush, particularly the bristles. If they are too hard they may be irritating your gum tissue. Switch to a soft bristle brush and ease up on your brushing technique.
Some medications thin the blood and make the user more susceptible to bleeding gums. Other prescriptions can cause dry mouth which can also over stimulate the gum tissue.
Denture wearers may be more susceptible. Dentures that tend to slip out of place can rub up against the gum tissue causing bleeding and swelling. If your dentures don’t fit as well as they should see your dentist for adjustments.
Genetics may play a role. If gum disease runs in your family you may be more vulnerable yourself. Don’t give into it though, gingivitis can be reversed with proper treatment.
The intra-oral camera has proven most effective in disclosing the early signs of gum disease. Make your appointment with Southlands Dental today, call 720-886-0606.