People able to prevent teeth loss
People can prevent tooth loss if they better understand bleeding gums. Treating bleeding gums can reduce risks of inflammation that could lead to teeth loss. Systematic inflammation and bleeding gums are one of the symptoms of gum infection: gingivitis or periodontitis. Statistically, everyone experiences bleeding gums at least once in their life. However, bleeding gums may not always indicate gum disease or infection. It is incorrect to assume that bleeding gums are necessarily a periodontal disease.
The gums are part of the soft tissue lining of the mouth. Gum health and disease can affect general health. Gums experience pressure every day naturally: when eating, drinking, and even brushing. Sometimes we can unconsciously damage our gums, and they will start bleeding. Or for example, if your immune system is run down, you may notice that your gums will start bleeding.
When is it normal for your gums to bleed?
There's a period in our lives when it's normal to have bleeding gums:
- Puberty(teenage) gingivitis. It is most common amongst preadolescent girls and boys between 11 and 13. It is a result of hormone changes that increase gingival plaque accumulation.
- Pregnancy gingivitis. Causes of hormonal changes increase the risk of developing gingivitis. The increased level of progesterone makes it easier for bacteria to grow.
- Medication. Some medications can cause gum inflammation, swelling or bleeding. This can be a side effect or body reaction to certain medicines.
- Stress and anxiety. Stress causes inflammation in blood vessels, which breaks down the mouth's soft tissue and makes gums more susceptible to gum disease.
- Vitamins. Good eating habits are essential to keep your gums healthy. Vitamins: A, C, D, Ca, and K are necessary to keep gums healthy. (Remove the bullet point and start a new paragraph that explains how to maintain good dental oral hygiene and how to reduce plaque build-up)