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If your gums bleed when you brush or floss or are red and swollen you may have the early signs of gum disease. Healthy gums are pink , firm and do not bleed easily.
A common misconception is that if your gums bleed or are sore when you brush or floss, you are doing it too hard and irritating the gums. Usually you need to brush and floss more rather than less using a soft toothbrush, this will remove all the food debris and plaque which is the gum irritant, and the bleeding will usually ease or disappear.
Gum disease progresses when plaque builds up around the neck of the teeth, after a short time this plaque hardens and cannot be removed by brushing alone. This causes inflammation which can spread to form a pocket between the gum and the tooth, as this progresses the top part of the bone starts to disappear and in time the bone loss can be severe enough that the tooth becomes loose.
At dentics we will develop an in surgery and at home care program for your individual needs, so we can address any gum problems. Most cases involve quite simple and pain free treatment measures which can be easily followed up at home.
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