Don't worry if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth; you are not alone. It is a widespread issue that affects many people, but do not dismiss it! Instead, allow dentists in Burlington, NC, to assist you!
When gums bleed while brushing, they usually continue to bleed while brushing. Teeth will not stop bleeding without care and attention, but they may be resolved with early intervention. We'll look at why gums bleed and what you can do to help in this article.
Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a common periodontal disease that causes gum inflammation due to bacteria (also known as plaque) adhering to the tooth surface. In other words, bleeding gums can develop over time if bacteria/plaque remain around the gum line, causing it to become brighter red and swollen, resulting in bleeding when brushing or flossing.
If the plaque is allowed to accumulate, it can harden and harden into calculus, a calcified and hard substance (tartar).
Gingivitis can be reversed with proper oral hygiene. However, it is essential to note that if gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe form of gum disease that can result in bone loss around teeth and eventually tooth or tooth loss.
When removing soft plaque deposits, using a proper brushing technique, floss, and mouthwash certainly helps, but it is not always enough. A word of caution about Corsodyl mouthwash: while it can help treat gum disease, it does not cure it! The advertisements may lead you to believe that if you have bleeding gums, simply using Corsodyl will solve the problem; however, gum disease cannot be effectively treated unless hard deposits of calculus around the teeth are removed. Such tartar deposits must be removed by a trained dental professional using specialised dental instruments.
It is also worth noting that Corsodyl mouthwash is quite strong and should not be used for long periods by most people - Corsodyl can cause a lot of staining around the teeth if used for an extended period of time. If you need to use Corsodyl regularly, we recommend the "Daily" version of the mouthwash, which is much gentler (and therefore suitable for long-term use).
When brushing, consult a dental professional if you find blood on your toothbrush or in your sink. In addition, we advocate for regular dental visits to assess the health of the teeth and gums. Without a dental exam, you may not be aware of the full extent of the problem, such as whether some regions of the mouth have tartar buildup or if you have gingivitis.
Gingivitis can be treated by dentists and other dental hygienists by trying to remove deposits and cleaning under the gums of each of your tooth to guarantee bacteria is removed (a procedure known as a "scale and polish"). A scale and polish are required to clean quite tricky and challenging to reach places of the mouth that are omitted during brushing. Most people have a build-up of tartar behind the lower front teeth because this is where there is more saliva, so any soft plaque will mineralise and harden at a faster rate.
Most of our Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry patients have a scale and polish every six months, in addition to their routine dental examination, to aid in the treatment and prevention of gingivitis and to help keep up the health of their teeth and gums.
At Monahan Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of dental care possible. We are proud to offer our patients a wide range of services, from teeth whitening and veneers to Invisalign and orthodontics. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology, allowing us to provide our patients with the best possible care.