BEWARE! This Will Happen if You Don't Treat Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that something is wrong in your mouth.

While we may brush bleeding gums under the rug and assume we were just brushing or flossing too aggressively, healthy gums shouldn’t bleed very easily.

If you’ve noticed a bit of blood in the sink after brushing your teeth, there may be an underlying health condition causing it. Especially, when you found out the blood actually came from your gums.

Here is what you can do to better understand why your gums bleed and how to fix it.

What is going on in my mouth?

Bleeding gums are extremely common to such an extent that most of us will experience them during our lifetime.

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Just because it might seem normal for our gums to bleed, it doesn’t mean we should ignore it. Quite the opposite in fact.

Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gum disease and should act as a red flag that something needs to change in our oral health routine.

So, what causes bleeding gums?

  • Gingivitis

One of the causes of bleeding gums is gingivitis . Gingivitis can be triggered by the sticking of dental plaque on the gums. Plaque that builds up and hardens will form tartar and cause inflammation of the gums. If it's like this, the gums become prone to bleeding.

  • Periodontitis

Untreated gingivitis can increase the risk of developing periodontitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the gums that damages the soft tissue and bones that support teeth. The main symptom of periodontitis is that the gums often bleed.

  • Lack of vitamins C and K

Vitamin C functions to accelerate wound healing and strengthen bones. Meanwhile, vitamin K plays an important role in the blood clotting process. If the body is deficient in vitamins C and K, bleeding will easily occur, including the gums.

  • Leukemia

Frequent bleeding gums can be a sign of leukemia. Leukemia is a cancer that attacks white blood cells. In people with leukemia, an increased number of white blood cells can reduce the platelet count. In fact, platelets are needed to stop bleeding. This condition makes leukemia sufferers prone to bleeding gums, nosebleeds, and other signs of bleeding.

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In addition to the various causes above, hormonal changes during pregnancy, errors in installing dentures, improper flossing, bleeding disorders, and consumption of blood thinning drugs can also increase the risk of bleeding gums.

The following are some tips you can do to prevent frequent bleeding gums:

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Use a soft toothbrush and brush your teeth slowly. As much as possible do flossing your teeth twice a day to prevent plaque on your teeth.

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Use mouthwash every day. This can help kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. Avoid using mouthwash that contains alcohol, because it can worsen complaints of frequent bleeding gums.

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Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This can help clean up food debris on the teeth that can form plaque.

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Visit the dentist at least every 6 months to check the health of your teeth and mouth. Proper oral and dental hygiene can reduce the risk of bleeding gums.

 

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Reduce stress level. Properly managed stress will make you better able to take care of your teeth and mouth, and can prevent an increase in cortisol levels, which can cause inflammation throughout your body, including the gums.

In order to prevent such oral and health diseases, a competent toothbrush and brushing method is recommended.

If a person has sensitive gums, they can opt for a toothbrush labeled as extra soft or sensitive. Firm or medium toothbrushes are too rough on the gums.

The best is to brush your teeth with soft bristles for 2 minutes twice a day.