Why Your Gums Bleed

If you’re noticing blood when you spit after brushing your teeth you should be aware it’s not a sign you should ignore. It could be an indication you have gum disease so you might want to make an appointment with the dentist. There are some things that might be contributing to the situation and below is a checklist from our dentists in Langley to review.

Inadequate Oral Hygiene

Red, swollen and puffy gums usually come down to a matter of poor oral hygiene you may have been neglecting to keep a daily routine. Ask yourself if you’ve been diligent with your twice daily brushing and flossing habit because before long plaque and tartar starts building up at the gumline. The easy fix is to get back to those good oral hygiene habits and maybe consider using an electric toothbrush or add an antiseptic mouthwash daily.

Your Diet

Eating a healthy, well balanced diet packed with plenty of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and foods containing Vitamin C is good for all over health including your mouth. Avoid sugary, acidic foods and snacks or be sure to brush immediately after consuming these treats. Crunchy vegetables can provide a great way to scrub  teeth when you can’t brush and a good addition to any lunchbox.

If You’re Pregnant

It’s a fact that more than half of all pregnant women will experience gingivitis by their second trimester which can lead to gum disease. The hormones present  in mothers to be make them more prone to gum disease no matter how diligent they are with daily flossing and brushing.

It’s recommended that you visit the dentist as soon as you know you’re pregnant for professional advice to prevent any problems. Your dentist will set a schedule for checkups and cleaning which is your best defense while pregnant.

Gum Disease Runs in Your family If this is the situation you will be more susceptible to gum disease so you must be extra vigilant with your daily flossing and brushing. Inform your dentist if gum disease runs in your family and follow his advice to help prevent a problem from occurring.

You’re a Smoker

Quit smoking is the best advice, the bacteria found in smokers mouths is more likely to get into their bloodstream. The ingredients found in cigarettes  is extremely destructive and wrecks gum tissue, results in discoloration, swollen and bleeding gums and smokers must pay close attention to their oral hygiene routine.

At Willowbrook Dental Clinic we have suggestions for patients with any of the above concerns, call to schedule your appointment today.