Bleeding gums are a sign of active gum disease called gingivitis (inflammation of the gums / gingiva), and is caused by the build up of dental plaque along the gum line and in-between the teeth. The dental plaque contains acids, enzymes and toxins that irritate the gums and initiates an inflammatory reaction. Part of this reaction is for the gums to become very hyperaemic, meaning more blood flow to the gum area trying to combat the irritation. The result is puffy, red and friable gum tissue that bleeds on touching.
My gums bleed when I brush and floss and I think I should hold back on brushing and flossing until the bleeding stops?
I have recently had a very large filling replaced. Prior to this I had no pain, but now I have pain to hot and cold on the new filling. What is going on?
I have been going for regular check-ups with my dentist and have had no toothache for years. At my last check up my dentist told me I need a root canal filling! How did this happen?
Last time I had a professional cleaning with the hygienist my teeth were very sensitive for a couple of days and I was worried they had been damaged by the process?