Did you see a reddish stain when you spit in the sink after flossing? Several reasons cause gums to bleed. While some of them can be less serious, others will require you to visit a St. Lucie County Dentist.
Since flossing reduces plaque that builds up between your teeth, it’s a significant part of good oral hygiene. However, if you’re flossing for the first time or you’re not doing it right, it can cause your gums to bleed. Bleeding gums can also occur when you increase your flossing routine’s frequency or skip it for days.
Regular consumption of potato chips and other unhealthy foods can irritate your gums and cause them to bleed. If you experience bleeding in the gums after eating junk food, you should seriously consider changing your diet. If you’re looking to improve your dental health, do yourself a favor by eating healthy foods loaded with vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium.
Although stress alone won’t cause your gums to bleed, high stress and anxiety levels can weaken your immune system. When your body’s defense system is down, it won’t be able to fight infections that cause bleeding gums. Additionally, stress triggers inflammation and slows your healing process from a previous infection.
Did you know that bleeding gums is among the major symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes? This medical condition makes it challenging for your body to combat infections such as gum disease. Living with diabetes can cause gum disease to get out of control and worsen faster than in someone who doesn’t have diabetes.
Gingivitis refers to a bacterial infection that causes gum inflammation and bleeding. Unless your dentist catches and treats this condition early, gingivitis can progress to the later stages of gum disease.
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