Bleeding gums are something that many people suffer from when people brushing their teeth vigorously or flossing their teeth. While some people may see this as a normal event, it can also be a sign of something more serious. The symptoms are very similar to those of swollen gums, and usually when one is present, so is the other. In this case, not having good oral hygiene habits may be the culprit.

This type of infection occurs when bacteria grows and forms a sticky film on the surface of the teeth and under the gumline called plaque. If not, treated it can progress to gingivitis, the top dental problem for people over 18 years old, or turn into a more serious medical condition where the symptoms may occur in the mouth.

The immune system sends white blood cells to the affected area that causes the inflammation that leads to bleeding, swelling and, in some cases, receding gums. If ignored, plaque will harden when allowed to accumulate and, periodontitis, a chronic disease can occur and result in a separation of the gums from the teeth.

Moreover, when this occurs, pockets of infection develop in the spaces created that leads to bone loss and loosening teeth which eventually causes them to fall out. Inflamed gums are usually the cause of tooth loss more so than through tooth decay. Either way you need to see a dentist at the first sign of persistent gum bleeding.

Causes of bleeding gums can be traced to neglected gums, teeth and mouth. Bleeding gums are a sign of an unhealthy mouth, because there is no known natural cause. If you are suffering from this and prefer a non-medical approach to help with your gums, try changing your eating habits such as eating three meals a day, including adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and most importantly, if you snack between meals, avoid carbohydrates.

If you are someone who does not enjoy fruit, as an alternative it is important to maintain a good level of vitamin C in your body that helps keep the gums healthy. An additional supplement, co-enzyme Q10 is also known to be useful in some cases for people with bleeding gums.

Unfortunately, the most common reason for development of bleeding gums is simply because people do not follow a consistent routine for cleaning their teeth and gums. This involves more than brushing two or three times a day, but also the use of dental floss, mouthwash and regular cleaning of the teeth from a dentist. It is imperative that you make it a habit to practice good oral hygiene habits that are essential for preventing the accumulation of plaque, which is a serious threat to the gums and the teeth.

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