More than 8 out of 10 of us have some form of gum disease, and yet 99 per cent of these cases exhibit no signs of the disease. For others with more serious cases of gum disease, bleeding gums is one of the most obvious signs that something may be wrong. Gum disease is seen by many to be fairly trivial, but this could definitely prove to be a mistake. Gum disease, or gingivitis as it is also known, can lead to tooth loss and even heart disease. It can also be symptomatic of a wider systemic illness. Over 90 per cent of all diseases in the body have some kind of oral manifestation, with bleeding gums being one of the more serious.
If you do have bleeding gums your first action should be to see a dentist immediately. They will be able to ascertain whether the bleeding is due to gum disease or whether it is rooted in something more serious. If it is gum disease what can be done about it? Well, the first line of defence begins at home with more effective brushing and flossing. Flossing is particularly good for gums as it cleans below the gum line, somewhere ordinary brushing finds hard to reach. Make sure you use a high quality toothbrush and some dentists will also recommend mouthwash. Keeping plaque at bay is the key to having healthy gums. Gum disease is nearly always reversible so it is never too late so start keeping high standards of oral hygiene.plaque
Bleeding gums is quite a serious problem and an indicator that the gum disease is taking hold. The bleeding is caused by tartar build up irritating the gums and causing them to rupture and bleed. Tartar is hardened plaque that cannot be removed by conventional brushing and flossing at home, so it is always vital to see the dentist if you have bleeding gums. In very serious cases of gum disease, it may be necessary for the dentist to prescribe anti-biotics and in some circumstances even remove some of the gingival tissue.
If your gums are bleeding or you suspect that you may have gum disease visit a Central Leeds dentist as soon as possible.