It is not only the teeth that need to be taken care of in the mouth, but also the gums need care. If you have a bleeding gum, it can indicate an infection, but it can also be an early sign of tooth decay.
The most effective way to prevent or remedy bleeding gums is to be careful about their oral hygiene. The best and most gentle tools in these cases are toothbrush and floss.
Symptoms of bleeding gums
The fact that the gums begin to bleed easily when cleaning the mouth indicates an inflammation. The most common cause of this is bacteria that have been sitting on the teeth for too long or in the gums pockets around the teeth. If you have an incipient tooth loss, it is noticed partly by bleeding gums, but also that one or more teeth are loose. If you are a smoker, however, it is not visible through bleeding gums because the blood vessels are contracted by smoking.
Treatment of bleeding gums
One can use bactericidal agents that are for oral use. However, these should only be used for a limited time, such as after an operation. These drugs do not cure the cause of bleeding gums. With the right technique to clean with a toothbrush, floss and toothpicks, inflammation can heal by itself in a week. Should it not, a dentist should be contacted.
Make sure to prevent bleeding gums by undergoing two cleanses of the mouth, teeth and gums daily. Use a toothbrush and floss as well as a space brush or toothpicks. The areas that you do not reach with a toothbrush are the most important to clean with, for example, gum brushes and toothpicks, which can reduce the risk of inflammation, bleeding gums and even tooth loss.
If you have suffered from tooth loss and bleeding gums
Tooth loosening (periodontitis) is an attack on the tooth’s bracket. The bleeding and swollen gums may be a sign that they have been affected. Surveys have shown that most 50-year-olds have tooth decay to some extent, and that 15% of all adults have severe tooth decay. 13% of those over 65 have no teeth at all. If the tooth loss spreads so far that the teeth become long-necked and loose, there is a great risk that they will fall out. This can be counteracted by surgery that a dentist may recommend. During the surgery itself, the gums that are inflamed are cut away and the dentist does a proper cleaning around the teeth themselves. This will hopefully lead to the gums being healthy again. You prolong the life of your teeth, but unfortunately the disease can come back. Some surgical procedures or treatments can in some cases restore the lost toothbrush. Sometimes the tooth loss has gone so far that one or more teeth have to be removed because they cannot be salvaged. This can affect the function of chewing, speech and appearance. You may then need to insert a dental bridge or denture of some kind to replace the teeth that you have removed. Inserting a bridge can also help stabilize the other teeth that have been affected by the disease.