Bleeding Gums Larkfield & West Malling.

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Bleeding GumsGingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gums as a result of the presence of plaque and bacteria. Gingivitis is reversible!

However, if no action is taken, the plaque can calcify and harden and turn into calculus. If left, the bacteria in the calculus can slowly erode the supporting structure of the teeth. This is then the final stage of gum disease (chronic periodontitis), which is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

The gum which surrounds the tooth is usually tight if healthy. However with periodontitis, it becomes loose, which allows plaque, food and bacteria to work its way down the side of the tooth to the root. In the long term this can cause gum recession, tooth decay, abscesses, chronic periodontitis and mobile teeth.

If you have gingivitis your gums will be slightly inflamed and have a dark pink/red appearance. Your gums might bleed when brushing or cleaning in between the teeth. This is a classic sign of gingivitis.

Certain patients may be more prone to gum disease that others. Pregnancy, genetics, certain illnesses, and medications can mean that you are more likely to suffer with gingivitis.

You can reverse gingivitis by keeping your mouth clean and healthy. This means brushing at least 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste, for 2 minutes at a time.

You should also clean in between your teeth. You can do this with floss, tape, or interdental brushes. Some patients can find use of these difficult to begin with. If you are one of these, ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct technique. It is easier than you think!

Your gums may bleed or be a little bit sore for the first few days of interdental cleaning. The fact the gums are bleeding means you are reaching the areas where the bacteria is present, therefore cleaning the area. So do persevere with the cleaning, and gradually the bleeding will stop, resulting in healthy gums.

Also, visit your dentist or hygienist for regular cleans so they can remove the bits you may have missed, and monitor your progress. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to tell you how often you should be attending in order to prevent and control further gum disease.

As gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, it becomes much harder to treat and control, as periodontitis is irreversible. We also have a Specialist Periodontist should it be required.