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Why are your gums bleeding and what to do about it?

Why are your gums bleeding and what to do about it?

One of the most commons questions Surrey dentists hear when it comes to oral hygiene is why are your gums bleeding and what to do about it.

While it is impossible to diagnose exactly what may be causing your bleeding gums without further information and an exam, there are a number of common issues that may have caused it.

Before delving into these, however, the most reliable and effective method is, of course, to book an appointment with your Surrey dentist. From this they are able to assess your gums and advise whether the bleeding is being caused by one of the options outlined below, or whether it is a more serious problem, such as gum disease.

Regular brushing and flossing

A simple possible answer to the question ‘why are your gums bleeding and what to do about it?’, is that you are just not regularly brushing and flossing your teeth.

Irregular brushing can lead to a build-up of plaque, which can then cause gingivitis and bleeding. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and regularly flossing are both highly recommended oral hygiene practices.

Changing toothbrush

Along with regularly brushing, you should also pay attention to the tools that you are using to clean your teeth. Using an old toothbrush with frayed bristles, for example, can also damage the gums and result in less effective cleaning.  A harder bristled toothbrush can also be too hard on the gums, so a soft bristled brush is recommended.

Diet

Lastly, though a very important element, is maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. A balanced diet is one of the best preventative techniques for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

So, why are your gums bleeding and what to do about it? Considering the above potential causes may help, but the most essential advice if the problem is ongoing is to see a dentist at your earliest opportunity.