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Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? It might be a sign of periodontitis.
Periodontitis is often known as “Gum Disease’ and is a very common condition in which the gums and deeper periodontal structures become inflamed. Periodontitis always begins with inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This is not always easy to recognize but one of the first signs that you may become aware of is bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth.

Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? It might be a sign of periodontitis.
Periodontitis is often known as “Gum Disease’ and is a very common condition in which the gums and deeper periodontal structures become inflamed. Periodontitis always begins with inflammation of the gums, known as gingivitis. This is not always easy to recognize but one of the first signs that you may become aware of is bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth.

This inflammation of the gums, which usually takes the form of redness, swelling and a tendency to bleed during tooth brushing, is the body’s response to certain bacteria that have been allowed to accumulate on the teeth. This inflammation response can eventually cause serious damage.

Periodontitis refers to advanced periodontal disease. With periodontitis, the gum tissue pulls away from the teeth, creating pockets where additional bacteria can build up and cause an infection.

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth and can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. It’s caused by bacteria that have been allowed to accumulate on your teeth and gums. Without treatment the bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost.

Symptoms of periodontitis:

The early signs of periodontitis include receding gums and the formation of pockets between the gums and the teeth.

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Pain when the gums are touched
  • Bright red or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender when touched and bleed easily
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth, making your teeth look longer than normal
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Painful chewing

Smoking is an important risk factor for periodontitis and periodontal treatments are less successful in smokers than non-smokers due to poorer healing.

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