Bleeding gums are most often a sign of gum disease, but can also point to a number of other health problems as well. Occasional bleeding of gums may be due to vigorous brushing of teeth or wearing improper fitting dentures. The main cause is the buildup of plaque at the gum line
HOW IS BLEEDING GUMS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of bleeding gums is based on the symptoms. Dentists will do a thorough physical examination for evaluating the health of gums and teeth. He may also ask questions about your oral care habits and diet. Other diagnostic tests are complete blood count or blood differential and X-rays of teeth and jawbone.
HOW IS BLEEDING GUMS TREATED?
• Have a periodic dental check-up to remove plaque regularly.
• Gently brush teeth with a soft-bristled tooth brush twice a day, as dental hygiene is important.
• Avoid tobacco and other related products, which can aggravate bleeding gums.
• Apply pressure directly on the gums with a gauze pad soaked in ice water to avoid gum bleeding.
• In case of vitamin deficiency, use vitamin supplements as prescribed by the doctor.
DID YOU KNOW?
Excessive plaque formation leads to gingivitis, which is characterized by swollen or bleeding gums.