5 Explanations for Bleeding Gums

If your gums start to bleed while you brush your teeth, you may think the worst. The reasons why your gums can bleed are varied, but not all of them are bad and almost all are fixable. Many of the reasons can relate to our daily lifestyles and personal hygiene.

One of the main reasons why gums bleed while being brushed is simply because of having poor dental hygiene. Not brushing and flossing regularly can lead to plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and gums. A simple way to rectify this is start! Dr. Spivey recommends brushing and flossing at least twice a day. On your next visit, our Portsmouth, MD dental team will demonstrate the proper techniques to brushing and flossing effectively.

Another reason your gums may bleed could be because of gingivitis. One of the main reasons people get gingivitis is from having inflamed gums. This inflammation in the gums is caused by a buildup of tartar, plaque, food particles, and bacteria on the gum line over an extended period of time. A way to help stop this buildup and inflammation is to maintain a normal dental visit schedule with Dr. Spivey at his Portsmouth, MD office. At your appointment, they use specialized cleaning tools to help remove the buildup on your gums that can’t be removed by a normal toothbrush.

Should gingivitis be left untreated it can lead to periodontal disease, a more serious dental ailment.  Periodontal disease is when gums become seriously inflamed and start to pull away from the teeth. You may notice pus forming between the teeth as well. If it remains untreated, tooth loss may occur.

For more information and explanations on why your gums could bleed, visit: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/5-explanations-for-bleeding-gums.htm?utm_content=5+Explanations+for+Bleeding+Gums+from+Discovery+Health&utm_campaign=&utm_source=5879&utm_term=&utm_medium=Facebook%3A+Greenway+Center+Denti4.htm

The easiest way to avoid any dental ailments or diseases is to maintain good oral hygiene and a healthy, balanced diet. Routine checkups and cleanings with Dr. Spivey to remove hard to reach bacteria is a sure way to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. To make an appointment with Dr. Spivey and his dental team in Portsmouth, MD, visit their website: www.drspivey.com.

 

What Your Teeth and Gums Reveal About Your Health

When you have bad breath or a canker sore you may, think that these are strictly oral health issues, but there is now proof that these ailments can have a direct link to your overall health.

Bad breath can be more than just embarrassing; it can be a direct indicator of underlying health issues. If your breath has a sweet odor it could be an indicator of diabetic ketoacidosis. Another underlying health issue may be post-nasal drip or a sinus infection as these may cause breath odor.

Bleeding gums mean more than just that you are brushing too hard! They can also be a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when there is a build-up of plaque and tarter on the teeth and gums. It can also be a symptom of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) or even a vitamin K deficiency.

Dr. Spivey will be happy to demonstrate the proper way to brush and floss your teeth at his Portsmouth, NH periodontal practice, or to work with your current dental provider to treat any periodontal diseases. To make an appointment to see Dr. Spivey or to learn more about dental hygiene visit his website: www.drspivey.com