Noticed bleeding gums while brushing? It might be a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If left untreated, these classic symptoms of bleeding, redness and swelling, may worsen, leading to the later stages of gum disease. But, there’s no need to be worried as these signs indicate that it may not be too late to get rid of gum disease.
Recognizing the Signs
Gingivitis is usually caused by plaque build-up. If not removed, plaque releases toxins that irritate the gums. This can result in bleeding while brushing, tenderness in gums and even gum inflammation. Other symptoms include regular instances of bad breath and teeth appearing elongated due to a receding gumline.
Adults with type-2 diabetes or those who take blood-thinning medication are at a higher risk of bleeding gums. Pregnant women may experience pregnancy gingivitis, making oral hygiene during pregnancy all the more important. According to the National Oral Health Survey, not brushing regularly can increase chances of gum disease.
How to Stop Bleeding Gums
While bleeding can be worrisome and be the first sign of an infection, you don’t need to be worried. The good news is, it can be easily treated during the early stages with a few lifestyle changes.
Start with brushing. According to the Indian Dental Association, good teeth-brushing can reverse the effects of gingivitis. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an effective toothpaste for your gums.
Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to remove plaque or tartar from your teeth. Last but not the least, eat a well-balanced meal (including lots of fruits and fresh vegetables) and exercise regularly for stronger bones and healthier gum tissue.
Healthy gums lead to healthy teeth and a healthy you. Keep looking after them and ward off these symptoms of gingivitis.