Bleeding gums are usually caused by gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums around the teeth. Bacterial plaque, which is a layer of bacteria that gradually builds up on your teeth, is the main cause of gingivitis. Stress, smoking and poor diet (including many soft, sugary foods) can be triggers as well.
Bleeding gums are rarely painful, yet they are often the first and only indicator that you are in the early stages of gum disease. It is vitally important to contact your dentist if:
- Your gums are swollen or red
- You bleed when you brush and floss
- You have any pimple-like bumps on your gums
Bleeding gums are common during pregnancy. Hormone changes weaken the connective tissue in the gums, making them softer, and the increase in blood makes bleeding more likely.
We offer many non-surgical ways to correct gum/ periodontal disease, but the best cure is prevention! Make an appointment with your dentist for an exam if you are troubled by bleeding gums. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, oil swishing is an effective, natural and non-surgical way in which we can treat gum/periodontal disease.