IS IT NORMAL FOR GUMS TO BLEED WHEN YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH?

Sunday May 13th, 2018 |

IS IT NORMAL FOR GUMS TO BLEED WHEN YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH?

No, it’s not normal to have blood on your gums or to spit blood after brushing your teeth. But if that is the case, then you probably have gum disease (periodontal disease) and it must be treated.
  • Gum disease is usually caused by an accumulation of plaque and tartar and it mainly has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that reaches mainly the surface. It can be displayed by pain, bleeding and redness of the gums. It is generally possible to treat gingivitis by improving your oral hygiene and making regular cleanings and tartar scalings at your dentist.
  • Periodontitis is a more advanced and more severe stage of gum disease. In addition to the symptoms of gingivitis, there may be gum recession and tooth mobility (teeth move more or less). This is an alarming condition that must be addressed immediately, usually by a deep pocket scaling of the gums, which is done by a dentist or periodontist (gum specialist). If this is not taken care of quickly, not only you risk losing all her teeth, but the infection of the gums can enter the body and reach other organs like the heart, causing serious medical illnesses.
    It should be noted that there are other forms of gum disease that can be caused by a hormonal change, such as during pregnancy, or by systemic diseases such as diabetes.     The information above should be used as a reference only. Any medical decision should not be taken before consulting a health care professional.
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