Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? Do you spit out or taste blood when you rinse your mouth?
A bleeding gum is our body’s way to tell us that our current oral hygiene routine isn’t coping with the bacteria under the gums. This can occur for many reasons, including old fillings that are a bacteria trap, crowded teeth that make it hard for you to clean, and medical conditions and medications.
In some cases there may be active gum disease that is causing irreversible damage. If left unchecked, teeth can feel ‘loose’ and eventually will be lost.
Perhaps more important than the dental effects, active gum disease can lead to more serious health concerns, including:
- during pregnancy: increased risk of maternal infection, pre-term birth, low birth weight
- increased risk of developing heart and kidney disease
The great news is that you don’t have to live with this problem. By having healthy gums that don’t bleed gives us the best chance to keep our teeth functioning pain-free for life and reduces health complications.
We investigate all causes of gums bleeding, and offer tips to aid in your daily cleaning routine. Treatment may be required to get you back on track for good dental health and prevent this from recurring.