Bleeding Gums and How They Affect Dental Health

Bleeding Gums and How They Affect Dental Health

Bleeding gums are the most familiar indication of gum disease. Frequent gum bleeding suggests more serious conditions such as vitamin deficiency, periodontitis, or cancer of the blood. 

What Is the Common Cause of Bleeding Gums?

The buildup of plaque at the gum line also causes the gum to bleed. Plaque, if left unremoved, hardens into tartar. These entities permit the bacteria to grow along the gum line. This leads to increased bleeding.

What Are Other Causes of Bleeding Gums? 

Generally, bleeding gums are caused by dental care issues. When oral health is given the least priority, it leads to bleeding gums. It could be a sign of a dental health condition that you need to check out. The following are some of the causes why gums bleed: 

The major reason for bleeding gums is the exhibition of plaque at the gum line. If the plaque is not removed, it evolves into gingivitis. The gum then becomes swollen and bleeds during brushing or flossing.

Bleeding gums could also be a sign of periodontitis. It damages the tissue and bone that support your teeth. This causes red and swollen tender gums, bad breath, and a bad taste in the mouth.

Bleeding gums could also be a sign of cancer called leukemia. Platelet count becomes low when you are infected with this disease. This makes it harder to stop the bleeding in the gums.

Brushing too Hard
Brushing your teeth vigorously causes bleeding gums and gum recession. It is advisable to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Vitamin Deficiency
Deficiencies of Vitamin C and Vitamin K cause the gum to bleed easily. Follow a diet that is rich in nutrients to ensure the intake of vitamins to stay healthy. Citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, lettuce, kale, increase the level of Vitamin K and Vitamin C.

Incorrect Dentures 
Dentures cause bleeding gums if they are not properly fitted. They scratch your gums and cause sores. Dentures should be taken out at night before going to sleep. It is also important to clean your dentures properly to prevent plaque formation and gum breakout. 

Schedule an appointment with Arden Dental Center to learn more about taking care of your oral health. We are located at 531 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite 100, Wheaton, IL 60187. Contact our team at (630) 529-0303 or visit our website to book a consultation.


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