It is very important to realize that it is not normal for your gums to bleed. Some people brush or floss their teeth and they see a little blood. Others see a lot.
In either case, it is not a good sign. Healthy gum tissue, generally speaking, will not bleed unless it is traumatized.
Therefore, if you are seeing blood when you brush or floss your teeth, you should go see your dentist. There is a strong possibility that you are suffering from gum disease or at the very least, gingivitis.
The latter is simply an earlier stage of the disease process that professionals call gum disease or periodontal disease. Action is needed to stop gingivitis. The benefit to putting a stop to it is that you can still reverse the minimal damage that has occurred.
When gingivitis progresses into moderate gum disease, you may have tissue loss. Depending on the extent of this loss, you could potentially need surgery to graft more tissue into place.
Fortunately, this does not have to happen most of the time. Usually, you can stop the progression of the disease process. However, some people may have more trouble than others
You will want to check with your dentist and hygienist to get specific information about your personal case. However, generally speaking there are some things that they will likely tell you to do.
One of those items will include flossing, if you are not already doing so. Regular flossing can help you by continually disrupting the plaque that constantly forms on your teeth – particularly around the gum line.
This plaque, when left intact, allows a special form of bacteria to grow unchecked. The bacteria is the kind that can initiate gingivitis or gum disease. Very often, bleeding gums are the classic sign of this disease process manifesting.
Another thing your doctor or hygienist may suggest is an oral irrigator. They may suggest this due to the belief that oral irrigation can help maintain healthy gums and remove food particles that you may not get through ordinary brushing and flossing.
In fact, you may be surprised at how many food particles are still trapped between your teeth and in other small places even after a thorough brushing and regular flossing session.
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