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    What are bleeding gums a sign of?

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    I flossed for the first time in several weeks and noticed that my gums were bleeding in a few places. What does this indicate?
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    ProCare Family Dental is a general dental practice. We treat all patients, from the very young to the elderly. We also see patients with disabilities … View Profile

    Bleeding gums is the result of plaque accumulating at the gum margin. When the plaque has been sitting there for several days the gums start to become inflammed (gingivitis) and they will bleed when probed. This can also be a sign of more severe gum disease ie periodontitis. A dentist will be able to let you know if you do have periodontitis or just gingivitis.

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Bleeding gums indicate the gums are being inflamed due to existing plaque or tarter infecting the gums. Gums bleed to release the inflamation and infection. If it persists, the gums can detach from the teeth as a result.

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    Welcome to Just Dental Care. “We do CARE”. We provide quality care and affordable dentistry to you and your family. We provide a comprehensive range … View Profile

    What are bleeding gums a sign of?

    Bleeding gums are usually a sign of having inflammed gingival tissues. In dental terms, bleeding gums are called gingivitis. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria and food stuck onto your tooth called a biofilm or plaque.  The gums don't like all this bacteria and as a result the gingival tissues become inflammed as a result of the healing mechanism of tissue. When gums become inflammed they release antibacterial properties to try and kill the bacteria.

    Sometimes localised bleeding maybe due to food impaction in which the gums in btween the teeth are traumatised.

    If you want to know more about why your teeth may bleed please feel free to contact us. 07 38633604

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    There are many causes for bleeding gums. Overwhealmingly the principle cause is periodontal disease caused by dental plaque, a soft sticky film of bacteria and food that sticks to your teeth. Effective brushing with an electric oothbrush, toothpicking and flossing can substantially reduce plaque and remove the acid and toxins that irritate the gums and make them puffy and soft and easily damaged by brushing or hard food that makes them bleed. See you dentist first, ask fo a periodontal assessment and tooth cleaning lessons. If this doesn't help see your doctor and ask for a blood test to count your white bolld cells.

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