Bleeding gums if ignored may lead to tooth loss!! This can be quite rapid so never ignore bleeding gums!!
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Many people do not know they are living with periodontal disease ( gum disease).
Are your gums bleeding during brushing or flossing? This is a common sign of periodontal disease.
If your gums are bleeding during brushing/flossing, do NOT stop cleaning well! Continue to do this.
Many people will stop brushing well and flossing between their teeth, as they think they are causing damage. If you have gum disease the gums will naturally bleed when you initially start the cleaning process, this is normal.
To help prevent gum disease you should maintain a good oral hygiene regime, this should include:
- Brushing your teeth for two to three minutes per day (we would recommend doing this with an electric toothbrush)
- Flossing your teeth and/or using interdental brushes
- Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
- If you are a smoker quitting would be advised
- Visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and hygiene visits
Using a mouthwash:
A regular mouthwash is suitable for most people, if you are suffering from periodontal disease we may prescribe a high fluoride mouth rinse, to be used with high fluoride toothpaste.
In advanced periodontal disease we may suggest a deep clean (consult your dentist for more information) and then place an antibiotic into the gum to aid the healing process and fight off bacteria.