Even if you brush your teeth twice every day or floss them regularly, chances are, you spit an occasional drop or two of blood into the sink. Bleeding gums are not normal, in fact, it is actually a red flag for gum diseases such as gingivitis or inflammation of the gums which stems from the buildup of bacteria and plaque on your teeth. Gum diseases can wreak havoc not just on your mouth but also on your body.
If you think aggressive brushing is the only thing to be blamed for bloody gums, you’re wrong. There are actually a number of triggers that can cause your gums to bleed. Here are some of the triggers that will let you know when to ping the dentist.
You may have missed a spot
If you fail to brush or floss your teeth well, you’re more likely to notice the little blood the next day due to inflammation caused by bacteria that you’d left behind. Keep it slow when you brush your teeth, so that you cover each and every part of your teeth.
Your hormones are acting weird
You need to take extra care of your oral health during hormone fluctuations such as during puberty, pregnancy, menstrual cycle or menopause, as you become sensitive to plaque during this time which can trigger bleeding in the gums.
You’re stressed or not having ample sleep
Overstressing over things or staying up late can impact your body’s ability to fight against inflammation caused by bacteria in the mouth. Eating a healthy and sensible diet that contain protein, veggies, vitamin C and D can promote healthy gums.
Your meds are to blame
Do you know certain drugs such antidepressants and blood pressure medications can also cause your gums to bleed? Yes, that’s true, that’s because intake of such medications may cause dry mouth, and lack of saliva allows bacteria to flourish.
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