“My gums always bleed when I brush.”
“Flossing cuts my gums so I just don’t floss.”
“I never seem to have problems until the hygienist cleans my teeth.”
Don’t think we don’t know about those memes picking on dental professionals for making the patient bleed during treatment.
They are universal myths – bleeding gums are normal and dentists take delight in purposely irritating them during your appointment. Is that so? The truth just might surprise you.
Gums are very sensitive and complex tissues. They respond to things like hormones, infections, irritants, and medications. They even respond differently based upon genetics. Your gums are an extremely close reflection of the functionality of your immune system.
Like other body tissues that respond to infection, your gums can swell with disease-fighting agents and extra blood vessels to deliver them there. This inflammation stretches the thin skin on the surface and makes it more prone to damage.
It’s as simple as that. Sick gums are weak gums. If your gums bleed easily, 9 times out of 10 it’s because they are already suffering an infection. If not cared for, your gums can be the portal for bacteria to enter your body. Not only this, but your teeth can lose the support of gum tissue entirely and fall out.
If you take away nothing else from this post, remember this: your gums should not bleed at the dentist’s any more than your hands should bleed when you get a manicure. The same can be said of cleaning them. If your hands bled when you washed them, you might be a little concerned. Bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease (gum disease) or other health concerns.
So why ignore gums that bleed? Do your gums a favor and visit your dentist.
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