Some people notice that their gums bleed after or during brushing and flossing. Or perhaps there is enough blood in the mouth that they notice the phenomenon known as ‘pink in the sink’.
In either case, it is important to know that this type of problem is not at all normal. It may be ‘normal’ in the sense that many people are afflicted with this problem. However, most of the time this is indicative of a gum disease problem. It is just that a LOT of people have this problem – regardless of whether they realize it or not.
Of course, you will want to visit your dentist or doctor for a diagnosis and to rule out any other type of problem. You will find, in most cases that the problem described is a symptom of gingivitis or gum disease. Actually, these are both the same disease process, just in different stages of progression.
If you are suffering from gums that bleed upon brushing of flossing your teeth, you will want to get professional help and treatment. However, even the professionals will tell you that what you do at home is actually more important. That is because a professional can only see you every so often. However, you are facing this problem on a daily basis.
In addition, to effectively arrest the progress of the disease or to prevent it in the first place, you will need to engage in the daily disruption of plaque. For it is under this plaque that the ‘bad’ bacteria that cause gum disease can grow very quickly. To prevent this from happening plaque needs to be mechanically disrupted every single day.
If there is a spot that you routinely miss, that spot can become problematic. Your dental professional should be willing to share with you what you must do to stop the progression of your problem.
Some of the things that may be suggested, beyond normal brushing and flossing, are using an oral irrigator , an electric toothbrush or perhaps a simple device called the perio-aid. Each practitioner may have their own favorite tools and techniques. Just be aware that when it comes to getting rid of gum disease, the daily disruption of plaque is the goal of all of these tools. Next:
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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.