Many of us put up with bleeding gums, often attributing them to brushing our teeth too hard. While this can be a factor, bleeding gums can also be an indication of more serious underlying problems.
Bleeding Gums And Gum Disease
Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk of, or already have, gum disease. The presence of bleeding gums is commonly misunderstood, with sufferers assuming that this is the result of brushing too hard. This is often not the case. A common reaction is to then avoid the area with the toothbrush. However, if you continue to brush an area that is bleeding the biofilm (plaque), which causes the inflammation and blood, will be removed. This allows the gum to recover and the bleeding to stop.
Instead of avoiding brushing the area affected, incorporate the GumSaver into your oral hygiene routine. Areas missed by your toothbrush and floss are easy to clean with your GumSaver. The super soft bristles are pointed so you can target in between the teeth and down slightly under the gum-line, without the pain of a dental scraper. In fact, when you visit the dentist or hygienist you will notice less pain because your gums will have healed up enough so they don’t have to probe deep with a metal instrument. This will enable you, and your hygienist, to effectively remove the biofilm that causes bleeding gums and gum disease.
Causes of bleeding gums
Bleeding gums are mainly due to inadequate plaque removal from the teeth at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums.
Gingivitis & Periodontitis
If plaque is not removed through regular brushing and dental appointments, it will harden into what is known as tartar. Ultimately, this will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease known as periodontitis.
The GumSaver is suitable for those with gingivitis and periodontitis because it helps you easily remove biofilm. Leading Periodontologists advocate that removing these bacteria is the most important factor in tackling gum disease. Clean in between visits to the dentist or hygienist and accelerate your healing process.
Other causes of bleeding gums
Persistent gum bleeding may be due to serious medical conditions such as leukemia and bleeding and platelet disorders. If you are concerned about any of the following conditions, please speak to your doctor or dentist:
- Any bleeding disorder
- Brushing too hard
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Improper flossing
- Infection, which can be either tooth or gum related
- Use of blood thinners
- Vitamin K deficiency