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Bleeding gums: what do they mean?

March 21, 2022

If you notice some pain or blood in your mouth after brushing your teeth, or blood on your pillow case when you wake up in the morning, it could be an early indication of gum disease.

What causes bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis which is a mild form of gum disease. Plaque building along your gum line can cause irritation and inflammation which can cause gingivitis. When left untreated it may result a hard deposit called calculus. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious complications that could result in bad breath, pain and even tooth loss.

How can I treat bleeding gums?

If you have bleeding gums, the good news is treatment is usually very simple. The first and best thing to do to prevent gingivitis is to make sure you brush twice a day and floss to minimise plaque build-up on your teeth. It is the easiest way to minimise your risk of gum disease. Our experienced oral health therapists are skilled in providing comprehensive cleans to remove plaque and calculus deposits from your teeth and reduce your risk of bleeding gums caused by gingivitis. Sometimes an antibacterial mouthwash may help but it’s best to discuss this with your dental professional first as they can cause other side effects. It’s best to get a professional opinion first before embarking on self-treatment of any kind.

Prevention is best 

Regular visits to your dentist and good oral hygiene at home can go a long way to preventing gingivitis. Even though bleeding gums may occur after brushing it’s important not to stop. There are also things you can do in your everyday life to help your gum health. Make sure to avoid sugary drinks and food high in acid which may cause damage to your teeth. Quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet and cutting down on alcohol can all help your oral health. Make sure your toothpaste and drinking water contain fluoride. Fluoride is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to maintain a healthy smile. 

Located conveniently in the Adelaide Hills, Littlehampton Dental can offer a wide range of services to treat and prevent gingivitis that causes bleeding gums. So give our clinic a call today on 8398 2500 to book your appointment with one of our family-friendly, experienced dental professionals. 

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