Why do my gums bleed???? A mystery many people want to solve. The most common cause of bleeding gums is buildup of plaque and tartar (bacteria) causing gums to become inflamed. They can appear red, puffy and will often bleed when brushing and flossing.
But if my gums bleed when I brush and floss instead that bad??? Well…. bleeding gums are not healthy but this must NOT deter you from brushing and flossing or guess what?? It will get WORSE!
Here is what needs to happen:
- Professional dental examination and deep clean (sometimes over more than one visit) at least every six months.
- Brush your teeth using techniques shown by your dental healthcare professionals twice a day using a soft bristled brush (electric or manual). Keep at it, even if your gums bleed.
- Floss once a day using techniques shown by your dental healthcare professionals. Keep at it this too, even if your gums bleed!
What happens if I don’t do it?
This is risky and can affect your whole body with side effects as serious as heart disease! Research has also shown links between Alzheimer’s Disease and gum disease.
Bacteria under the gums can affect your jaw bone the way termites affect wood. Eating away at it and weakening the bone to the point where this can cause loosening or even loss of teeth!
Soooo unless you’re keen on the toothless look, please brush and floss, maintain regular dental visits and show your teeth and gums some love.