Don’t think of bleeding gums as just another minor inconvenience; they could indicate a serious threat to your oral health. At the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group, we repair teeth and jaws that have been damaged by infectious diseases, but we are also firm believers in prevention. That’s why we want our patients to understand what puts them at risk for gum inflammation.
Bleeding gums are usually due to gingivitis. Also known as gum inflammation, gingivitis results from excessive bacteria growth on the teeth, particularly in the gum pockets. Bacteria produce tartar, which acid sticks to. This is what makes the gums irritated. Regular brushing can help prevent gingivitis, but biannual visits to a dentist’s office are necessary for cleaning out the gum pockets and removing tartar that has hardened into plaque.
There are a few factors which increase the risk of gingivitis. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes which lead to more bacterial growth. Dry mouth, which is a common medication side-effect, reduces the body’s ability to fight oral infections. It is also important for all patients to stick to soft-bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles further irritate the gums and can cause recession.
Frederick Shaw, DDS, operates the Shoal Creek Prosthodontic Group at 1500 W 38th Street, Suite 34, Austin, Texas, 78731. To schedule an appointment, call 512-451-7491 or visit FrederickShawDDS.com and fill out a contact form.