Day 2 Your dentist sees Blood …your gums bleed during flossing …and you’ve noticed this already at home…
Usually a sign of gum disease and a link to diabetes, especially if the bleeding is continuous every time you floss.
Sometimes we all fall off the flossing bandwagon and then when we start again, our gums bleed for the first few days, this is entirely normal.
Dr Batavia says “localized or generalised gum problems need the dentist and hygienist’s help to avoid becoming worse. Untreated gum disease can compromise the mouth. It can develop into sores and ulcerated gums – the total area can be as large as the palm of your hand.
Pregnant women in particular need to pay attention to oral hygiene as they are more susceptible to gum disease.
Dr Batavia comments “imagine shaking hands with someone and blood was transferred, you would not accept that. So why are we more accepting of bleeding in the mouth!”
Persistent bleeding could indicate you are pre-diabetic or diabetic and you just don’t know it. You may have already been diagnosed but your blood sugar isn’t quite under control. The link between diabetes and gum disease is not fully clear, however statistically, being a diabetic makes you more vulnerable to infection and this may be the link.
Gum disease is the main reason why people lose teeth, and therefore it is very important to get the medical and dental help you need to maintain your oral health.
Action to take: see your doctor to get tested for diabetes and therefore get it under control and your dentist for support with how to manage your oral health better to avoid long term problems with your teeth.
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