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What to Do If Your Gums Bleed

You are brushing your teeth and spit into the washbasin and suddenly you notice some blood. This may be enough to cause panic among most people and make them head over to an Orthodontic Specialist in Dubai.

Bleeding gums may be caused by many things, some not that serious to worry about. Even a new toothbrush can bruise the gums and cause slight bleeding, but would disappear in no time when you get used to the toothbrush. Most people prefer to use hard- or medium-bristled toothbrushes to clean their teeth as they are better in removing all the plaque, food particles and anything which may be stuck between teeth. However, sometimes these bristles could be just a little too firm and bruise the gums, causing bleeding. If that is the case, a soft-bristled brush should do the trick.

However, if the bleeding is quite frequent and consistent, that should get you worried and consult an Orthodontic Specialist in Dubai or wherever they may be. Some of the causes of bleeding gums may be gum disease (periodontitis or gingivitis). If teeth and gums are not brushed regularly, plaque may build up along the gumline. If allowed to remain without being removed, this plaque will harden into tartar. This would result in irritation to the gums which would cause them to bleed. If it progresses, it could lead to even worse forms of gum disease which would eventually cause the teeth to rot and fall off. In such an event, Veneers may be one of the solutions. However, there is no need to worry about plaque buildup and gum disease if a person adheres to a regular regime of brushing and flossing of the teeth.

Even though you may not realise it, your diet could also be playing a role in your gums bleeding. High sugar and high carbohydrate food items may increase the risk of tooth and gum problems as sugar create the perfect breeding ground for plaque to form. The best option is to reduce one’s sugar intake and increase the intake of highly nutritious items such as fruit and vegetables. At times when you do consume sugary stuff, make it a point to brush your teeth as soon as possible to prevent the sugar from sticking to the teeth.

There are certain medications too which can increase the risk of bleeding gums. This is especially so with medication which thins the blood and, therefore, increases bleeding. It’s a possibility with certain prescription medicines too, so it’s necessary to discuss it with your Orthodontic Specialist in Dubai so that they can prescribe other medication.

The most important factor is to never go easy on your dental health. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Be careful not to be too hard or vigorous while you are brushing your teeth as applying too much pressure on the teeth and gums through your brush could also cause bruising and thus bleeding; be gentle but firm. Regular tooth care should stop the bleeding in most instances. However, if it persists, then it’s time to see your dentist.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that you don’t need to wait for a dental problem to crop up to see your dentist. Make it an event in your annual calendar.

For all your dental queries, contact German Dental and Neuromuscular Clinic at Unit 1002, Cluster W, Tiffany Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, the top Orthodontic Specialist in Dubai. Whether your problem is bleeding gums, crooked teeth or getting Veneers in Dubai, the highly qualified and experienced dentists at the clinic would offer a tailor-made solution for you.