Gums may bleed occasionally due to reasons like vigorous teeth brushing sessions. Yet, bleeding gums could also point to more serious gum disease and other issues. Gums can also bleed if your dentures do not fit your properly, or due to conditions like periodontitis, gingivitis, vitamin deficiency, leukemia, and a lack of clotting cells or platelets.
HOW IS BLEEDING GUMS DIAGNOSED?
If the bleeding is severe or long term, dentist may perform the following diagnostic tests:
• Blood tests such as a Complete Blood Count (CBC) or blood differential
• X-rays of the teeth and jawbone
HOW IS BLEEDING GUMS TREATED?
The dentist will suggest and advise various ways to deal with bleeding gums. A good dental hygiene includes flossing, brushing, cleaning by professional twice a year and removing plaque. An antiseptic mouthwash can help minimize the plaque from the teeth and soothe the swollen gums. A soft toothbrush is ideal for brushing as it is gentle on the inflamed gums to avoid bleeding.
DID YOU KNOW?
If the condition is linked with any other disease, then the relevant route of treatment will be followed by a specialist.