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Bleeding Gums
17th Mar

2016

How to stop bleeding gums

To show you how to stop bleeding gums, this article explains the causes, shows you what healthy gums should look like, and also how to stop your gums bleeding in future.

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

Gums bleed when there is gum disease (gingivitis) present. Bleeding will be seen after brushing, when the gums have been stimulated by the toothbrush. This is not normal or healthy.

What do healthy gums look like?

Healthy gums always have the same characteristics. The gums look pale pink, they are firm and fit tightly around the teeth.

healthy-gums

Close inspection shows the gums have a stippled appearance like the skin of an orange. Healthy gums stand up to the pressures of eating hard foods and brushing.

What does gingivitis look like?

Unhealthy gums are red and swollen. Instead of the “orange peel,” stippled appearance, they are swollen and shiny.

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These gums will bleed when they are brushed, but they will not be painful at this stage.

What has caused the gum disease?

A biofilm of bacteria in dental plaque is the cause. The bacteria have been left on the teeth long enough to produce toxins (poisons) which cause the gums to become inflammed.

Does it matter if my gums bleed?

The long term consequences of ignoring bleeding gums can be:

  • Bad Breath
  • Bad Taste
  • Bone supporting the teeth starts to dissolve away
  • Gum recession
  • Pain caused by infection
  • Sensitivity
  • Teeth become loose
  • Teeth may move and look ugly
  • Teeth may fall out or need to be taken out

advanced-gum-disease

How to Stop Bleeding Gums?

Our dentists will examine your teeth and gums, and give you a report on the condition of your gums and bone supporting your teeth.

Our hygienists will clean your teeth and support you to look after your teeth and gums yourself, at home. They will take accurate readings of your gum health for future reference and explain various techniques in oral hygiene. Together you will aim to maintain a healthy mouth for life. Call our receptionists to arrange the appropriate appointment: 01908 611478

Techniques for stopping bleeding include:
Correct Brushing

brushing-teeth

Interdental Brushing

interdental-brushing

Flossing

flossing

Can Mouthwashes solve the problem?

The bacterial plaque is sticky and tenacious. Mouthwashes do not remove sufficient plaque and some mouthwashes stain teeth brown or contain alcohol or acids which are detrimental to teeth. Our recommendation is for you to learn from our hygienists how you can improve your gum condition yourself and maintain it.

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