It’s not always easy to tell when something is wrong with our health. This is especially true when it comes to oral health. Many people don’t even realize that bleeding gums can be a sign of something more serious. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of bleeding gums and what you can do to prevent them from happening.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease has two forms:
Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis).
This is the mildest form of gum disease and is reversible if treated with help from your dentist.
Inflammation of the ligament which holds the teeth in the bone (periodontitis)
This is a more severe form of gum disease and is irreversible. Without professional treatment periodontitis can result in tooth loss.
How Do I Know If My Bleeding Gums Are Due to Gum Disease
The best way to find out if your bleeding gums are due to gum disease is to come and see us for a dental health check.
As part of this appointment we will listen to your concerns and carry out a thorough check of your gums.
Are Bleeding Gums the Only Sign of Gum Disease?
Bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease, but not the only one. If you look closely in the mirror you may also see that your gums look red and swollen. Normally the gum between your teeth takes the shape of a sharp pink triangle. If you have gum disease, the gum between your teeth will appear puffy, misshapen and red.