Imagine if you touched your arm and it spontaneously started bleeding, would you be concerned? I think it is safe to say we all would be! Yet, for many people when they clean their teeth their gums bleed. So, why does this not concern them in the same way?
It could be because when the gums bleed it is hard to see and tends to be painless. This can make it easy to ignore. However, bleeding gums should not be ignored.
When the gum bleeds, it is sign they are not as healthy as they should be. Often it is caused by too much plaque and bacteria building up around them. The plaque and bacteria irritate the gums causing them to become inflamed, hence the bleeding. This is known as gum disease or gingivitis.
However, if gum disease is not treated it can damage the bone around your teeth. That is why at King Street Dental Practice we like to see gums that are pink and firm, and that do not bleed when we probe around them.
At King Street Dental Practice we think gum health is one of the most important factors in whole mouth health. As the gum and the bone are the foundation for the teeth. So, when you come to our practice for your routine dental check-up, we always check the health of your gums and bone.
So, don’t ignore the signs of gum disease any longer, as early detection and prevention can help to save your smile! Book an appointment with our friendly team at King Street Dental Practice today on (02) 6672 1788 to have your gum health checked if you are concerned.
- Government of South Australia. Gum disease (gingivitis). 6 August 2019. URL: ‘https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.
au/wps/wcm/connect/public+ content/sa+health+internet/ health+topics/health+ conditions+prevention+and+ treatment/dental+care/gum+ disease+%28gingivitis%29’. Accessed 2019.
- Dental Practice Education Research Unit, ARCPOH. Gum disease: what is periodontal disease? [pamphlet]. Sept 2015. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Australia. Available from: ‘https://www.adelaide.edu.au/
arcpoh/dperu/cpep/pamphlets/ What_is_periodontal_disease_ Web.pdf’. Accessed 2019.