Why you should not ignore your gum bleeding.
Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gum disease but why is it the most ignored sign?
More than 50% of the UKs adult population suffer with a form of gum disease, that’s over half of the UK subsequently suffering with bleeding gums at some point, with gum disease being so common the sign of blood on flossing or brushing has become the norm and is no longer classed as a problem to address.
Another reason bleeding gums are ignored is people will register a health problem with pain, unfortunately with gums, this often isn’t the case until it is too late. Your body bleeding is its way of telling you something isn’t right.
Gum bleeding and swelling are inflammatory responses to the presence of harmful bacteria,the bacteria that cause gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress onto the bone supporting the teeth.This causes irreversible damage of periodontitis. Up to 15% of the UK's adult population have severe periodontitis. Periodontitis is the condition in which the supporting tissues of the teeth such as ligaments and bone are damaged by the disease resulting in loose teeth and eventually the loss of them. Gingivitis in the early stages can be treated so watch out for the first signs and symptoms - Bleeding of the gums when brushing, eating or even over night during your sleep. Then comes swelling and change of colour, the gum will appear red and lose its healthy stippled appearance. Due to the mature plaque left in the mouth, halitosis (bad breath) can also be a symptom.
Clinical features that the dentist is more likely to notice is loss of contour of the gums at the interdental papillae (the triangles of gum between the teeth will lose their typical pointed shape due to inflammation). These are all reversible when caught early on by your dentist.
Signs and symptoms of Periodontitis are gum recession, spontaneous bleeding, swollen gums, bad breath, wobbly teeth, bone loss and eventually tooth loss. It is also a lot harder and more expensive to treat as the damage is irreversible.
If you think you have gingivitis or periodontitis it is best to get it checked by a dentist. At Caspian Dental clinic, we offer a free oral health advice on how to brush correctly and show you the correct techniques for interdental cleaning. Book your appointment today by calling 01923 254979 or book online.
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