If your gums bleed regularly you should visit your dentist so she can determine the cause of the bleeding. Additionally, keep up regular brushing and flossing to keep your teeth free from bacteria and plaque.
Causes of gum disease
The build-up of tartar on gums is often the cause of bleeding gums and gum infections. Regular professional cleans will reduce the likelihood of bleeding and infections. Rinsing with salty water or mouthwash such as Savacol may also be beneficial in the short term. A visit to the dentist can also help detect other, more rare causes of gum diseases which may also affect your general health.
What is gum disease?
Early stages of gum disease are referred to as gingivitis. If plaque remains on the gum line, it will harden and form tartar (calculus). Tartar can lead to symptoms of gingivitis which include:
soreness in the mouth and around the gums
If these symptoms are not treated, you may be at risk of developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can spread throughout the gums, jawbone, and supportive tissues that connect your teeth and gums and result in tooth loss. Periodontal disease requires specialist treatment which is both expensive and complex.
Prevention of both gingivitis and gum disease is therefore recommended through regular dental visits, oral health care and good nutrition. YOur dentist can advise and support you to maintain healthy gums and teeth.