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1st December 2023
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You’re not alone. 8 out of 10 people over 35 have gum problems. Bleeding gums are definitely not healthy, however. So, even if you’re anxious about going to the dentist, now’s the time to call and book an appointment. The sooner you get professional advice and help, the easier it’ll be to have a healthy mouth again.
The most common reason for gums bleeding is a build up of plaque along the gum-line. Plaque is a filmy mass of bacteria. It builds up and sticks, especially along the gum-line and between teeth. With time, if you don’t clean it away effectively, it hardens into a more yellowy substance called tartar, or calculus. Once plaque has hardened it’s even more difficult to remove.
A build up of plaque, of tartar, irritates the gums, causing sensitivity, inflammation and bleeding. Spitting blood when you brush is the most obvious sign there’s a problem with the health of your gums. It’s a good indicator that you need to see your dentist.
These days, it is possible to see a dental therapist or hygienist, without having to see a dentist first. Direct access to hygiene is open to private patients who want to have their teeth professionally cleaned. It saves you time and money. Hygiene visits are a great way of enhancing your home oral hygiene routine. Moreover, if your clinician notices a problem a dentist should check, they will advise you.
Book a direct access hygiene appointment
It is a cliché, but it’s true – prevention is better than cure. If you do spit blood, then revise your home oral hygiene routine. Flossing more often helps remove plaque. At first, it may seem that your gums bleed more, but it will make a difference!
However good your home hygiene is, the chances are some plaque in hard to reach places will turn into tartar. This is why gum problems increase with age.
Even if you have a good oral hygiene routine, some patients are at higher risk of developing periodontal problems. Additional risk factors are:
Patients in these categories will need to invest even greater time and care in their oral hygiene.
If you feel self-conscious or embarrassed about visiting a dentist, or you’re worried you’re going to be told off for not brushing enough, please don’t be. It’s best to share your concern so your dentist can help you to overcome any anxiety or fear. Remember that your dentist will have seen much worse teeth than yours. And it’s not the dentist’s job to be judgemental, but to help you. The dentist will:
Apart from bleeding gums, other symptoms are:
Think of the dentist’s work as reconditioning your mouth, giving it a good overhaul to be road-worthy. With work done, it’s easier to keep your mouth running with more reliability until it’s time for another check-up. Without intervention, things gradually get worse until they break down. If only gum disease was as painful as a root infection, for example, more people would see their dentist sooner. The discomfort develops gradually, and because it is usually low level it’s tolerable. Yet the bacteria are harming the structures of the mouth, and can also infect the rest of the body too. Left untreated periodontitis will exacerbate other health problems. It is linked with diabetes and heart conditions, in particular.
If you’re a smoker you probably won’t have bleeding gums, because smoking alters the flow of blood to the gums. This means the gums of smokers are more prone to infection, yet less likely to bleed. Moreover, treatment for periodontal disease is less successful in smokers whose gums are less likely to heal after periodontal treatment or surgery, such as gum grafts to repair receded gums. People who give up smoking often experience bleeding from their gums, as the blood supply improves, and the irritation from plaque or tartar is expressed. It’s definitely worth giving up smoking if you want to improve your oral health.
You won’t be making a fuss. A little blood in your spit may not seem like it’s anything too important, but it is a symptom and you should do something about it. Ask yourself:
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