The general rule is: bleeding gums are unhealthy gums. If you notice bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth, this is an indication that your gums are inflamed or infected.
Plaque forms in your mouth over a 24 hour period – from everything you eat and drink and from all the sugars and acids in your saliva. This plaque sits on your teeth at the gum-line and between the teeth. The bacteria from the plaque begins to irritate your gums, causing them to become red, slightly puffy and inflamed or even infected.
Sore, red, puffy gums will often bleed even just with a gentle touch. If you notice that you have bleeding gums when you brush or floss, its crucial to come in for a check up and clean. During pregnancy, bleeding gums can worsen. Professional dental cleans are perfectly safe during pregnancy.
With a professional scale and clean, we are able to remove plaque and hardened tartar from your teeth and below your gum-line. This hardened calculus and tartar is impossible to remove with a toothbrush alone. Ultrasonic vibrations and fine tipped instruments can effectively remove this toxic bacteria.
A prophylaxis polish is then applied and massaged into the teeth and gums, with a special rubber cup, effectively stimulating the gum-line and polishing teeth. This aids in the reduction of bleeding gums.
Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, and if gum disease is left untreated, it can eat away the supporting bone structure of your teeth and jaw. A seemingly small issue can have major consequences to your health.
Having a professional dental check up and clean will get your bleeding gums back on the road to recovery. At home, make sure you massage your gums with your toothbrush when you clean your teeth – brush your gums as well as your teeth’s surfaces.
Flossing is the most effective way to improve your gum’s health, so grab some floss and get your bleeding gums healthy!