Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that clings to teeth and hardens into tartar. It causes your gums to become irritated, inflamed, and swollen. Over time, your gums will pull away from your teeth, creating pockets. These pockets collect more debris and bacteria, which worsens your gum disease. The bacteria must be removed to prevent gum irritation and infection.
Bleeding gums, especially while brushing or flossing, is a key warning sign of gum disease. But there are other risk factors that suggest poor oral health. A combination of factors could indicate gum disease, such as:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Persistent bad breath
So, make sure to keep up with your oral hygiene routines. Brushing twice daily, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups are all great ways to prevent gum disease.
Also, make sure to avoid anything that may irritate your gums or make them bleed. These things include:
If you notice that your gums are bleeding, the first thing you should do is to see your dentist. They will be able to give you advice on how to treat your gum disease. They will check if you are pregnant, if the bleeding is related to stress, or if you have a fever.
A professional dental cleaning session helps to get rid of plaque and tartar on the teeth. The dentists also provide tips that help to avoid the disease.
Gum disease is common, and many people do not realize they have it. If you have bleeding gums, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will take a look at your gums and perform a risk assessment. There are a number of risk factors for gum disease, including:
1. Smoking or chewing tobacco
2. Poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing properly
4. Certain medications
6. Hormonal changes
To know more, call us at (713) 864-3993 and schedule an appointment with the dentist.