Our clever bodies were designed to be self protective.

Here are some examples:

If you leave a splinter in your finger, your body will trap the splinter with white blood cells (pus) and push the splinter out.

If you get something in your eye, you will blink repeatedly and tears will form until it’s gone.

So What Causes Bleeding Gums

When something irritates your gums, they get red, sore and bleed in an effort to get rid of the irritant.

Some irritants are bacteria (also known as plaque), tartar, food and dental work.

Each irritant plays a different part in bleeding gums and each comes with its own set of issues when ignored.  A body can do only so much to protect itself before it starts to break down which is what leads to disease.

Periodontal Disease

One of the biggest problems with bleeding gums is that if nothing is done about the irritant, the bone that holds the teeth in place tends to become infected and pull away from the irritant.  This is called bone loss, or commonly referred to as “gum disease” or “periodontal disease”.

When the gums bleed, the inner lining of the gum tissue (also known as the pocket) becomes raw and open like a wound, allowing bacteria to go from your mouth into your bloodstream. These bacteria begin to affect the rest of the body because they directly contribute to many health issues that stem from inflammation, like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, loss of teeth, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, pre-mature birth, etc. Click here to learn more.

One of the biggest reasons for bleeding gums is that when teeth are brushed, the vital area of the gums may get missed and not get massaged.

Massaging the gums brings fresh blood flow to the tips of your gums, bringing necessary oxygen to the tissues. Oxygen helps keep gum tissue alive and healthy, and stops the bleeding. In fact, when blood sits for too long in the gums, the color of gum tissue changes from a pink (healthy) red (inflamed) color to a grayish color (cyanosis), which means that gum tissue is dying. Bleeding gums are often red and sore to the touch.  Look at your gums to see what color they are, and how the color differs from one area to another.

Have you ever experienced bleeding gums?

If so, how did you get your gums to stop bleeding?  Did you use a specific product or tool, did you visit the dentist/hygienist, or did someone else help you?

Click here to learn ways you can stop bleeding gums right at home

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