While brushing your teeth, you noticed that the toothpaste you just spat out turned a light pink. Upon checking your teeth, you see that there’s a small amount of blood near the gum line. Bleeding gums can be a sign of developing gum disease, which when left unchecked can lead to dental complications such as tooth loss. The best thing to do is to drop by your Kennewick WA dentist immediately so that he can check your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Gum disease is commonly classified into two. It could start as a mild condition called gingivitis or develop into a more serious case known as periodontitis. Most people who suffer from gum disease can often point to vitamin deficiency, medication side-effects, and poor dental hygiene as the root cause of their problem.
Vitamin deficiencies can cause your gums to bleed. Eat more foods that are rich in Vitamin C like citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, and potatoes. A healthy and balanced diet will not only improve your overall health, but help your gums heal faster and prevent further onsets of periodontal disease.
Some prescription drugs can also contribute to the occurrence of periodontal disease. Drugs like antidepressants and heart medication can cause dry mouth, which increase your risk of acquiring gum disease. Your dentist can check for causes of dry mouth and recommend lifestyle changes or how to cope while you’re taking your medication.
While most gum problems are caused by poor dental hygiene, there is such a thing as brushing too hard where the bristles reach, scrape and irritate your gums. Gently clean your teeth using proper brushing techniques using a soft-bristled toothbrush instead.
Dr. Walter Hadley can help you fight periodontal disease. You’ll undergo professional cleaning and get proper advice on nutrition and gum care to keep periodontal disease at bay. Feel free to call Marineland Dental Care at 509-591-0515 to schedule a consultation right away.