Periodontal health is essential to guarantee good quality of life. When your gums are in poor health, they cause continual pain and discomfort and, if they’re not treated in time, they can cause much more serious problems.
There are people who believe that bleeding gums are normal and should be ignored. At our dental clinic we’d like you to forget that belief, given that bleeding gums are an obvious sign of poor periodontal tissue condition.
What should I do if my gums bleed?
As an expert dentist in gum disease in Donostia (San Sebastián), if you have bleeding gums my advice is that you make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Going to your dentist’s as quickly as possible may help to stop the infection from getting worse. What began as a slight bleeding of the gums may lead to periodontal disease. This disease may be slight (gingivitis) or, if not treated in time, serious (periodontitis), which is the greatest cause of tooth loss in adults.
On the other hand, recent scientific studies confirm that having a periodontal disease increases the probability of suffering other serious health problems, such as cardiovascular or respiratory disease.
The causes of bleeding gums
The leading cause of bleeding gums is poor dental hygiene referring either to technique or to the number of times you brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth 3 times a day and using an effective mouthwash are indications of which you are very probably aware. However, they are not sufficient in themselves, meaning that we recommend that you regularly visit your dentist (at least once a year) for proper cleaning.
However, there are also other causes that you should take into account:
● Overly aggressive brushing. You must be careful how much pressure you apply when brushing your teeth. Using a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles is the best way to avoid this problem.
● Maladjustments in previously fitted dental prostheses.
● Hormonal problems or vitamin deficiencies.