As a cosmetic dentist in San Ramon, we see the detrimental effects of inadequate at-home oral health regimens on a daily basis. One of the most telling signs that you are not brushing or flossing everyday as recommended is a bleeding of the gums.
The gums play an essential role in not only the health of the teeth, but of the whole body. Without the gums being in great condition, you run the risk of structural issues concerning the teeth, which could result in tooth loss. Heart disease has also been connected with patients who do not floss properly and have poor periodontal (gum) health.
Today we are here to examine some of the issues that can lead to bleeding gums, and what you can do in order to stop them from continuing.
As mentioned above, the number one cause of bleeding gums is an ineffective or underdone at-home hygiene experience. By not flossing once or brushing twice daily for two minutes per session, you could see a growth in tartar and plaque build-up around the teeth. This typically leads to inflammation of the gum line, resulting in bleeding just by simply touching the gums. Make sure that not only the number of times completed is proper, but that technique is taken into consideration for the best at-home care.
Crooked teeth or trauma to the mouth may also cause bleeding of the gums. While the teeth are misaligned, it may not be as easy to brush them, and the extra angles or force you think that is needed to properly clean them, can be detrimental. Try not to scrub too hard and make sure to also replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months to ensure you are using a tool that is in utmost condition.
Even if your teeth are straight and you are brushing and flossing as prescribed, certain vitamin deficiencies could also be a cause. While Vitamin C levels can be balanced by adding more fruits or vegetables to the diet, Vitamin K is developed naturally in the gut, and production diminished if you are on a long-term antibiotic regimen.
While bleeding gums may seem like a small scale or common issue, the problems that can follow, assuming no correction is made to stop it from happening, can be enormous. Make sure to keep your gums in top shape by partaking in a proper every day at-home oral health regimen and by keeping appointments with your cosmetic dentist in San Ramon. Call (925) 804-6440 to schedule an appointment today!