Gums bleed because, over time, most people struggle to maintain perfect oral hygiene.

Bacteria accumulates around plaque that isn’t removed and this, in turn, leads to redness of the gums, swelling and bleeding when brushed or flossed.

The most common form of bleeding gums is gingivitis, a condition you might well have heard of while being slightly unsure exactly what it is.

Unlike some other causes of bleeding gums, mostly no long-term damage is being done here. A thorough deep clean of the teeth and gums by one of our dental hygienists will remove the plaque and calcified deposits causing gingivitis and, if good oral hygiene is maintained from that point onwards, it is less likely to return.

Bleeding gums should be a thing of the past.

After Your Bleeding Gums Have Been Treated, How Do You Avoid A Recurrence?

Improved dental hygiene is obviously the major step, you will be shown how to brush effectively and also be given advice on anything more specific to your teeth. Other factors play a part too. The nature of your diet has an influence on your susceptibility to these conditions, a topic we explored in our post on foods to avoid to maintain healthy gums.

Smoking and stress also negatively impact dental health – to use general terms, a healthy balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are as good for dental hygiene as it is for your overall health.

We all lapse though, we’re all human – that is where check-ups come in. Your dental hygienist, dentist or specialist periodontist can advise on how often you should book a check-up, whether it is as regular as every three to six months or whether less regular appointments might suffice.

To loop back to the start, yes your gums will stop bleeding if you pick the phone up and book an appointment, you will also then have the reassurance of knowing that any issues have been dealt with. You will have a good platform for ensuring the sight of blood in the sink is a thing of the past.

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