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Bleeding gums

  • April 20, 2022
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Bleeding gums can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor dental hygiene, gum disease, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes, certain medications, and vigorous brushing or flossing.
 
No, it is not normal for gums to bleed during brushing or flossing. This could be an indication of gum disease, which requires prompt treatment to prevent further damage.
 
The symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen and tender gums, bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in bite.
 

Yes, bleeding gums can often be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene habits such as brushing teeth twice daily, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting a dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Yes, hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause gums to become more sensitive and prone to bleeding. This condition is known as pregnancy gingivitis and can be managed with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental care.
 

Gum disease is typically treated through a combination of professional cleaning, improved oral hygiene habits, and, in more severe cases, medication or surgery.

Yes, some medications such as blood thinners and anti-inflammatory drugs can increase the risk of bleeding gums. It’s important to inform your dentist of any medications you are taking before undergoing dental procedures.

There are several home remedies that can help alleviate bleeding gums, such as rinsing with saltwater, massaging the gums with aloe vera gel or coconut oil, and increasing intake of vitamin C-rich foods.

Yes, smoking is a common cause of bleeding gums. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can irritate the gums and contribute to gum disease.

If bleeding gums persist despite maintaining good oral hygiene habits, or if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as pain or swelling, then it’s important to see a dentist for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment.
 
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