Let’s Talk Bleeding Gums!

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Why do I get red & sore gums?

Red, bleeding gums is called ‘Gingivitis.’ Most people will experience gingivitis at some stage in their lifetime – so don’t man the panic stations just yet! We often see it depicted on TV adverts, showing bleeding gums and loss of teeth… thankfully, teeth do not fall out because of Gingivitis. However, if left untreated it can lead to more serious gum disease.

What causes Gingivitis? 

This is where your gums become red and angry, which is caused by the build-up of dental plaque. The bacteria in the plaque causes the gums to become red & swollen, often resulting in bleeding from the gums. The bacteria within plaque can subsequently cause bad breath and holes in your teeth – not nice & totally preventable!

How do I avoid gingivitis?

Yes! Gingivitis is completely preventable. If you see your Dentist and Dental Hygienist on a regular basis, they will give you all the tools you need to keep your teeth & gums healthy at home, as well as complete proactive treatments during your visit. That will include removing that pesky plaque we spoke about earlier!

How can I fix it? 

The good news is… if you have gingivitis, we can fix it!

However, prevention is always better than cure & it is important to understand not only how important it is to brush your teeth twice a day, but the correct techniques when doing so.

Many new patients have never been shown how to brush their teeth effectively. Throughout life we learn how to drive a car, ride a bike & to swim, but are never taught how to brush our teeth effectively – strange isn’t it? The firs thing to do is get an electric toothbrush, they are proven to clean your teeth more effectively than manual brushing alone. When you come to see our Dentist and Dental Hygienist, they will show you the most effective ways to brush your teeth. For example, don’t shy away from brushes the areas of your gums that bleed, simply continue brushing gently!

What about dental floss?

Flossing is a way of helping keep your teeth & gums healthy and happy. Flossing compliments brushing your teeth but can sometimes be a bit tricky to get used to doing. However, the more you practice the better the experience will become. When you next come for a check-up ask the Dentist or Dental Hygienist for a quick demonstration on how to floss! Dentists love flossing (not the dance!) and will make it really easy for you to do at home.

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