If you frequently happen to spit blood when you brush your teeth, you may be suffering from gum problems and belong to 8.52 percent of adults who suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease or gingivitis.
What Is Gingivitis?
If your gums bleed due to brushing your teeth too hard, incorrectly worn dentures, broken brace brackets or gum problems, you may be suffering from gingivitis. Gingivitis or gum inflammation makes your gums prone to constant bleeding. Individuals develop gum inflammation when food debris and bacteria (plaque) reside on the gum line for a long period of time. Such buildup results from improper dental hygiene or the lack thereof. According to a 2019 study titled Oral Health Knowledge and Behavior Among Adults in the United Arab Emirates, published by the Biomed Research International, periodontal diseases such as gingivitis is at an all-time high in the UAE. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to a more complicated and serious disease such as periodontitis that can result in severe teeth damage. Our dentists at the Sharjah medical center suggest the following practices to prevent various gum diseases, including gingivitis.
Observe Good Dental Hygiene
This is an absolute must. Practicing good oral hygiene is key to preventing not just gum diseases but tooth and oral health problems as well. Brushing one’s teeth after eating is important to avoid plaque and bacteria build up in the mouth. In addition, flossing is a great way to ensure there is no food debris left in your teeth.
Take Your Vitamins
Vitamins and minerals are essential for our bodies. Without them, we cannot develop a healthy and strong immune system. Vitamin C is especially important for gum health. Apart from strengthening our immune system, it keeps the gum tissues in top shape. In fact, vitamin C deficiency can result in bleeding gums and may worsen your gingivitis. Vitamins are powerful antioxidants that not only keep your gums healthy but your overall health as well.
Regularly Visit Your Dentist
Dentists are there to help us with our oral health. Regular checkups at least twice or thrice a year is fundamental to our oral health. You may have underlying issues apart from gingivitis, and specialists can help you address and fight them in time. They can also help you get rid of plaque buildup and remove calcified plaque from your teeth and gums.
Smoking can tremendously affect your oral health. Apart from causing gum diseases, smoking is linked to several other diseases including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. What smoking does is weaken your immune system, making you susceptible to a number of diseases especially gingivitis. When an individual quits smoking, it can impact their health positively. Although learning to quit smoking is difficult at first, stopping it can hugely affect not just your oral health but your overall health as well.
Do not take gingivitis lightly since it can lead to other complications if not addressed immediately. Practice good oral hygiene, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, and make your health a priority. If you experience severe and persistent gum bleeding, seek the help of our dentist, Dr. Rahma Araar at our medical center in Sharjah at the earliest.