Preventing Bleeding Gums
Your gums are just as important as your teeth when it comes to good overall dental health. Your gums help prevent bacteria from getting to the root of the teeth and to the jaw bone. If your gums become inflamed or infected, it can cause the gums to bleed, which is a problem that needs to be rectified immediately. Gums that bleed with the slightest bit of pressure could be the result of injury, mouth sores, nutritional deficiencies, blood disorders, certain medications, hormonal changes, or hot food. In addition to bleeding gums, you may also notice the following symptoms:
• Bad breath
• Increased sensitivity
• Loose teeth
• Swollen, tender, or red gums
• Gum recession
• Buildup of pus within the gums
If your gums persistently bleed, our North Hollywood dentist can determine the exact cause of the problem. Our dentist can diagnose the problem using dental X-rays, an oral examination, and a blood analysis. Although we can recommend a treatment to stop your gums from bleeding, the easiest thing to do is to prevent the gums from bleeding in the first place.
Bleeding gum prevention can be achieved through good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Remember to floss at least once a day, and schedule regular check-ups with your dentist. If you have a vitamin deficiency, you can take supplements or eat healthy, nutrient-rich foods. By taking care of your teeth and gums right now, you will be saving yourself a lot of hassle in the long run.
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