Are Bleeding Gums a Big Concern for Dental Health?

Are Bleeding Gums a Big Concern for Dental Health?

Posted by Del Mar Family Dental Care on Jul 14 2021, 06:18 AM

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3.5 billion people are affected by oral diseases globally. Among them, nearly 10% of the global population is affected by periodontal (gum) disease and almost everyone has experienced swollen or bleeding gums at least once at some point in their life.

In this article, Dr. Seung Lee, DDS, at Del Mar Family Dental Care in Aurora, Colorado, raises awareness on how swollen or bleeding gums can affect your dental health.

Gum Inflammation - Swelling and Bleeding

Gum inflammation is most often the result of improper oral care practices, which lead to the accumulation of plaque between the teeth and on the gum line. This can cause swollen gums, also known as gingivitis.

Chronic plaque, if left untreated, can harden into tartar, leading to more severe swelling and bleeding, as well as infections. This condition is known as periodontitis.

If you are experiencing gum bleeding or swelling, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause and address the issue before it progresses. 

Other Factors That Cause Bleeding Gums

Hard and improper brushing and flossing can cause gum inflammation. Apart from these, other underlying conditions can also cause bleeding gums, including:  

  • Scurvy 

Although Vitamin C deficiency is not a gum disorder in itself, it is highly important to discuss this condition. 

Our mouths can become a breeding ground for pathogens in the absence of proper oral care practices. This leads to free radical damage. Vitamin C is essential in keeping these pathogens under control as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Oral Cancer 

Oral cancer is one of the most prevalent types of cancer in the Asia-Pacific region. It usually manifests itself as painless eruptions on the inner lining of the cheeks and gums and is commonly associated with bleeding gums.

What Dental Issues Can Bleeding Gums Indicate?

  • Gingivitis

Plaque caused by food debris and bacteria can initiate gingivitis or gum inflammation. Once the plaque hardens into tartar, it leads to bleeding, especially while brushing your teeth. 

  • Periodontitis

Periodontal disease causes gum infection and damages the tissue and bone protecting the teeth. This can lead to swelling and bleeding of gums.

  • Vitamin Deficiency

Sometimes bleeding gums can also be due to vitamin C and vitamin K deficiency. 

To learn more about bleeding gums and how it can affect your dental health, call (303) 577-0062 or visit Del Mar Family Dental Care at 797 Peoria St. Unit A, Aurora, CO 80011 for professional help.

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