Bleeding gums are a sign of a dental problem
Many people might not react with concern upon the sight of a little blood on their toothbrush, after all, it’s just a little blood. In the case of your gums, even just a little blood is a sign of a bigger issue.
A healthy set of gums won’t bleed unless you cut them. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it’s a sign that gum disease may have crept in.
Gum disease has few signs
Gum disease is most often painless, and it has very few warning signs. Bleeding gums is one of the few indicators you’ll get that there’s a problem. Persistent bad breath is another.
Gum disease is a modern health concern. The Canadian Dental Association reports seven out of ten Canadian adults will experience some form of gum disease (read more here). That may sound startling, but gum disease is relatively easy to get.
It starts with plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. While regular brushing and flossing is an excellent defence against plaque, most people cannot remove it all on their own. When plaque is left to build up, it hardens into tartar.
The bacteria that live in plaque and tartar produce toxins that break down the gum tissues that surround your teeth. The end result of untreated gum disease is tooth loss. In fact it’s the most common reason why people lose their teeth.
Get a jump on gum disease
The earlier you treat gum disease, the easier it is to resolve.
- If you schedule regular dental exams, you may have noticed your dentist or dental hygienist probing at the roots of your teeth. The tool they are using is called a periodontal probe and it measures how well your teeth are attached to your gums. If there is a problem, your dentist may recommend you have gum treatment. This may include professional cleaning on a more frequent basis.
- If your gum disease is more advanced, a treatment known as root scaling and planing is often prescribed. Root scaling and planing is a deep cleaning above and below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar, and smooth out the tooth’s root.
- If gum disease is allowed to progress and becomes more severe, surgery, tissue or bone grafts, or gum rejuvenation can help to restore gum health.
Keep your teeth for life
The good news is that gum disease is treatable, even in its more advanced stages. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, your best bet is to contact Red Deer dentist Dr Sandhu or Dr Saby ASAP. By reacting quickly to bleeding gums and keeping gum disease at bay, we think there’s a good chance you can keep your natural teeth for life.