Read these 10 surprising facts about swollen and bleeding gums.
- Gingivitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the gums. It starts with a clear sticky substance on your teeth called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause gingivitis.
- If plaque is not removed from your teeth within two days, it will transform into a hard layer called tartar.
- The only way to remove tarter is during a professional dental cleaning with a Registered Dental Hygienist or a Dentist.
- Some people are more prone than others to sore gums that lead to gingivitis. This group includes pregnant women, women going through menopause, smokers, people in severely stressful situations, people who take certain medications (i.e. cyclosporine, phenytoin, nifedipine, etc.) and people who do not maintain their oral health at home effectively.
- When it hurts to floss you may think it’s best to leave your bleeding gums alone to heal, doing that actually makes it worse. The best way to prevent gingivitis is by brushing twice per day and flossing once per day. Getting your teeth straightened is also an effective way to shift your teeth into a position that makes them easier to brush and floss.
- Even adults can brush up on their brushing skills. Ask your Dental Hygienist to evaluate your brushing technique so she can give you pointers on improving problem areas and preventing plaque and tartar build-up.
- Healthy gums are a soft pink colour, not red, puffy and bleeding when flossed or brushed.
- Gingivitis is a painless dental condition that spreads between the teeth and gums. What you see above your gum line is just the tip of the iceberg.
- The bacteria in dental tartar releases chemicals that cause bad breath and erodes the bones at the roots of your teeth.
- The advanced stage of gingivitis is called periodontitis, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the overall adult population.
A proactive approach to your dental health results in a healthier and longer life. Steps such as eating a better, less acidic diet benefits both your teeth and your well-being.
Natural teeth are best for the body and we will work with you to keep them. We’ll coach you on taking care of your teeth with tricks and pointers that work with your lifestyle. For example, if you’re too busy to manually floss every single day, we may suggest using floss picks while you’re commuting to work. While they don’t replace the benefits of flossing, it is better than not flossing at all.
If you’re looking for a dental team that specializes in preventative care, we can help. We are accepting new patients of all ages. Contact Winston Churchill Dental today at 905-858-2345 to schedule your initial appointment. We look forward to becoming your partner in dental health.
Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental