One of the most common reasons why people visit an Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic is because their gums start to bleed when they try to brush and floss. While you should not be experiencing bleeding gums due to brushing and flossing, there's no need to panic. Bleeding gums are usually a sign that some part of your oral care routine needs attention. An Edmonton dentist can always help you find out why your gums are bleeding and what you can do about it.
Why Your Gums May Be Bleeding
Chances are that if your gums suddenly seem more susceptible to bleeding, then you are experiencing the early stages of gum disease. Gum disease occurs when excessive amounts of plaque bacteria settle on the gum line and cause the gums to react with an inflammatory response. Inflamed gums are more sensitive and more likely to bleed. As gum disease progresses, it can cause significant damage to the connective tissue and bone holding your teeth in place.
Bleeding gums can be a symptom of a few different problems as well. Sometimes, you might just be brushing a little too enthusiastically. Brushing too hard can damage not only your gums but your tooth enamel as well. Other times, your gums may be more prone to bleeding if you are taking blood thinning medications or if your body is going through hormonal changes.
What You Can Do to Treat Bleeding Gums at Home
If your gums are bleeding, then it's likely a sign that you need to step up your brushing and flossing game. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, make sure that you brush for at least two full minutes twice a day. Don't skip out on flossing once a day either. It may cause your gums to bleed at first, but the bleeding should subside as you steadily remove the plaque that's causing it.
Brushing and scraping your tongue can also help to remove excess bacteria from your oral cavity, as can using an antibacterial mouthwash. Mouthwash is particularly beneficial because it can really get into all of the nooks and crevices around your teeth that you may miss while brushing and flossing.
When to See an Edmonton Dentist About Bleeding Gums
You should always bring up any issues with bleeding gums whenever you visit an Edmonton dental clinic. A dentist will help you figure out exactly why your gums are bleeding and whether or not you will require any special treatment for the problem. If the bleeding is mild, then it can probably wait until your next regular appointment. If, however, your gums are swollen, tender, and bleeding a lot, then you should schedule an appointment to get them checked out sooner.
Your gums play an important role in your oral health. If you have any concerns about them, then don't hesitate to book an appointment with an Edmonton dentist at Azarko Dental Group today.
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