“I want my gums to stop bleeding”, this thought is far more common than you might think. Given that bleeding gums is a classic symptom of gum disease and given that about 75% of people suffer from some form of gum disease (according to statistics), it is easy to understand that many people feel the same way.
This is the first point, you are definitely not alone. The only difference is that many people do not realize that they have a problem in the first place. In a sense, you now do.
It is very unnatural for healthy gum tissue to bleed. The only exception might be trauma of some sort. However, many people see their gums bleed upon brushing and flossing and they believe that it is ‘normal’. Therefore, it may never occur to them that they have a real problem.
Another point of ignorance is the belief that gum disease only happens to you when you are over 30. The truth is you can be six years old and have gum disease. The reality is that people typically begin to see the effects of gum disease become evident after they have had it for long time. That is why this over 30 myth exists. This is really just the time when it becomes more obvious. The damage actually builds up and perhaps even accelerates over time.
Therefor it is best to put a stop to bleeding gums immediately. First, because there are a few other reasons why your gums might bleed, you need to go to a periodontist and get checked and and receive a diagnosis. This is very important. Just because bleeding gums are a classic sign of disease gum tissue, there could be other reasons that should be ruled out.
Once, you pass that step, you will begin to wonder what you can do about this problem. Of course, everyone thinks of brushing and flossing more. Those are certainly important activities, but dental professionals may advise you to add some additional items to your daily oral health routine.
One of those suggestions may be an oral irrigator. Another may be a simple device called a perio-aid. In either case, the goal is to help you fight gingivitis or gum disease.
Now, that you know a little more about why gums bleed and what you can do about, I encourage to take action. Visit a professional and consider adding additional tools to your oral care routine.
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Disclaimer: This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not intend to render advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health problem, visit your periodontist or physician for advice, diagnosis and treatment. The USFDA has not evaluated statements about products in this article.