Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

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You brush regularly. But you begin to notice that whenever you brush your teeth, your gums bleed. Your gums might not bleed a lot, but you should still pay attention to the situation because it is a sign that there might be some problems that you need to address.

Poor Oral Hygiene

One of the most common reasons why your gums bleed is that you do not have good oral hygiene. Even if you brush your teeth regularly, you need to floss and probably use mouthwash as well. Otherwise, your gums might become infected, which will cause them to bleed when you brush them.

Also, you may simply not be brushing your teeth often enough. The standard amount is twice a day, but some individuals need to brush their teeth more often. Those who have diabetes or who have a dry mouth typically need to brush their teeth three or more times a day. Conversely, those with a lot of saliva are less impacted by skipping an occasional brushing.

Gum Disease

If you develop gum disease, your gums will become more sensitive and will start bleeding. Gum disease results from plaque forming on your teeth. Also, the bacteria in your mouth cause your gums to become inflamed. You may be tempted to not pay attention to this because gum disease is often not painful. However, it will usually lead to tooth loss.

Fortunately, there are some ways that you are able to prevent gum disease. First, you should consider flossing before you brush your teeth. Many who make a goal to floss after brushing their teeth will forget to floss. Be sure to rinse your mouth frequently to remove food particles. If your gums are bleeding, try to kill the bacteria by using an antibacterial rinse.

Hormonal Changes

If your body experiences hormonal changes, you might suffer from bleeding gums. This will often occur if you have become pregnant, because the hormonal changes will cause blood to flow to your gums, increasing the chances that they'll bleed. You may need to use a softer toothbrush.

Bleeding Disorders

Do you notice that you bleed in other places besides your gums? You might be suffering from a bleeding disorder like idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. With this condition, your body struggles to make blood clots. The good news is that this condition is treatable, and if you treat the underlying cause, your gums will bleed less often. Regardless of the cause for your bleeding gums, this is something that you should not ignore. Contact a dentist right away for a checkup.


19 December 2014