Have you ever experienced bleeding gums when you go to the dentist for a cleaning, or perhaps when you’re brushing your teeth at home? Bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal disease, which may affect about 80% of the adult population in the US. Bleeding gums are not a natural response to any regular stimuli in your mouth, and can be a sign of a deeper problem. Periodontal disease results in inflammation, and the longer that the body is exposed to inflammation, the greater the risk of more advanced, systemic health complications. This begs the question: Is there anything else that might cause your gums to bleed?
1. Improper Oral Hygiene – Research shows that gums start to become diseased as soon as 24-36 hours after not brushing correctly.
2. Canker Sores – Canker sores can develop anywhere in the mouth and come back over periods of time. They’re not contagious, but can be quite painful.
3. Improper Bite – An improper bite applies destructive force unequally and causes the gum to recede and bone to break down.
4. Tobacco Use – As you might expect, tobacco use is horrendous for your gums and can quickly lead to gum disease.
5. Poor Diet – A diet rich in wholesome foods and Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D can boost your immune system and strengthen the soft tissues in your mouth.
There may be other reasons for bleeding gums, including hereditary factors, hormonal imbalances, high stress, and others. In the end, bleeding gums can be a sign of a significant problem with periodontal disease and should be monitored closely.
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