Why Are My Gums Bleeding? What You Need to Know About Gingivitis

June 1, 2016

The Cause: Bacteria
Did you know that gingivitis is caused by a microorganism bent on destroying your teeth? This bacteria burrows into the root and bones of your teeth and eats away at them. If it goes ignored, it can turn into a larger gum disease called periodontitis. Those tiny bacteria hang out around the gum lines of your teeth. The longer you go without brushing them, the chances of plaque building rises. If you allow the plaque to build, tartar is the next step, locking the bacteria and particles against the teeth to ravage them.

Who is Most Susceptible?
Underlying diseases like diabetes and HIV will make someone super sensitive in terms of gingivitis. Genetics, any hormonal changes such as puberty and menopause, vitamin deficiencies, and smokers are at the highest risk. Some auto-immune and seizure medicines also put people in a higher chance of getting gingivitis.

What do I Look For?
Bleeding gums is a definite attention getter. If they come with swollen, sore, and angry gums, chances are you need to make that dentist appointment ASAP. Discoloration of the gum lines and gums are also evident with the hardness that becomes obvious the harder that gingivitis attacks your teeth and gums.

Will My Teeth Fall Out?
The possibility of tooth loss is significant with gingivitis. The hard as rock tartar and the bleeding gums have nothing on what happens if symptoms are ignored. The longer it is put to the side, the longer the bone eating bacteria have to destroy the bones of your teeth. As they form little pockets, the bacteria releases poisonous chemicals that rot your teeth and sour your breath.

How Can I Treat and Prevent?
Your dentist gives floss and toothbrushes for free for a reason. Brush and floss. Floss and brush. In some instances, tartar control toothpaste is the best option of you are at high risk or diagnosed with gingivitis, already. The same cannot be said for mouthwash, however. If you have confirmed gum disease you may want to steer clear of mouthwashes that contain alcohol because they irritate the gums further. Even though some may not be able to afford the option, electric toothbrushes are most efficient in removing plaque and the bacteria that comes with it. It is recommended to have your teeth cleaned every six months. Only dentists can remove tartar once plaque has evolved and taken over your teeth. This is a sure way to prevent gingivitis but also have it diagnosed early so that it does not progress into something far worse. Today is not too late to make your appointment. Contact Simcoe Smile Dental at 905.728.2321.

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