What is Happening with
My Gums? Gum Disease,
Bleeding, Causes, and
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It starts with redness and
inflammation, and then your gums
may begin to bleed when flossing or
At Sunrise Dentistry, one of the
things we evaluate during a new
patient exam is the wellness of your
One of the reasons our patients must
fill out a health history form when
they become a new patient is that
there are common conditions,
medications, and behaviors that can
alert the dentist to reasons behind
such things as weak teeth and bones,
or gum disease.
So, let’s start with some of the most
common reasons for inflamed and
bleeding gums, and then we’ll talk
about what to do about it.
What Causes Gum Problems?
Poor hygiene and some lifestyle
habits can hamper your oral health.
Smoking increases the risk of gum
disease. It interferes with the P.H.
balance and natural flora in the
mouth and negatively effects the
healthy functioning of the cells of
The more cigarettes smoked and
longer you smoke., the more a person
is at risk of periodontal disease, which
cannot be reversed.
Not Brushing and Flossing
As days pass without brushing and
flossing, plaque remains on the teeth
and produces toxins that inflame the
Over time, the gum tissue starts to
separate from the teeth, creating a
pocket. The deeper the pocket, the
more bacteria will collect in it.
If a person combines a habit like not
brushing and flossing with another
factor that harms the gums, this
process is likely to be accelerated,
leading to damage like abscesses,
abfractions, bone loss, and
eventually the loss of a tooth.
People who do not eat a healthy
diet are at higher risk for tooth and
Eating a diet high in starchy
carbohydrates, sugars, and sugary
drinks and juices increases
harmful bacteria in your mouth.
In addition, a poor diet does not
usually provide adequate healthy
vitamins and minerals to sustain the
health of the body, including