Talk of a healthy mouth and most people would think of a decay-free set of teeth. However, overall oral health is more due to healthy gums and adjacent tissue. The gums or the gingiva largely determines the health of the teeth. They also provide anchoring support to the teeth. The gums and the surrounding tissue are together called as Periodontium.
While infection of the gums is called gingivitis and is a minor issue, the periodontal inflammation is called periodontitis, is more severe. Infection of the periodontium is one of the main causes of bad breath or halitosis too. It may cause loosening of teeth if left untreated. Red, swollen gums are one of the first symptoms of poor oral health, gradually leading to spontaneous gum bleeding. Apart from poor oral hygiene practices, other conditions which contribute to poor gingival health include pregnancy, diabetes, mouth breathing, chemotherapy, tobacco users, hormonal imbalance, and vigorous brushing. Most can be managed by simply improving oral hygiene practices. If periodontal involvement is identified, it is advisable to see the dentist.
Methods To Prevent Bleeding Gums and Bad Breath -
Listed below are some common methods to manage bleeding gums and bad breath.
Treatment for Bleeding Gums - To treat gums bleeding it is always suggested to visit the dentist to identify the causative factor and its efficient management.
The dentist may suggest you to go for scaling (professional cleaning), root planning and polishing of the teeth. In severe cases, sometimes, gingival surgeries are required.