When life gets busy or stressful, your oral health can often suffer as many of may start skipping routine dental check-ups.
Dr Safa Al-Naher, Director and principal dentist, at Serene Dental in Knightsbridge, London revealed that bleeding or receding gums are often the first sign of gum disease and an indication that something needs to change in our oral health routine.
But she said that many tend to overlook these issues, explaining: “Almost one in five (19%) immediately stop brushing the bleeding area and nearly one in ten (8%) stop brushing all together.
“Only 21% book a dental appointment to find out if they have a problem, and more than one in four (28%) discount the problem altogether.”
What do bleeding gums tell you about your oral health?
Many have likely experienced bleeding gums while brushing their teeth. While bleeding once in a while may simply be because you’ve brushed or flossed too hard, if it happens frequently it could be a sign of plaque build up.
Plaque forms when saliva and food debris mix together to form a sticky film on the teeth. It contains bacteria which can irritate the gums and cause them to become inflamed and bleed.
This can develop into gum disease but can also be a sign of other issues vitamin deficiencies, hormone changes in women, certain medications and a poor diet.