WHY DO GUMS BLEED:
Gingivitis (gums that bleed) is a disease process that begins 24 hours before the first sign of blood. Even if the smallest amount of food is left at the gum line or under the gums, millions of bacteria start to grow. Bad bacteria begin to multiply and hide from the antibodies in saliva and medicines in mouthwashes by covering themselves with a protective film (plaque). As the bacteria digest the food they secrete toxins that inflame the gums. After 24 hours, all it takes is dental floss or brushing and small blood vessels (capillaries) break open and bleed. The bleeding looks like it is coming from outside the gums, but the truth is gums are skin just like fingernail cuticles; they seldom bleed. The bleeding is actually coming from the inside, next to the tooth. The toxins from the bad bacteria have made sores (ulcers) in the gums next to the tooth root. This ulcer bleeds when flossed or brushed and touching it hurts just like touching an open cut in the skin.
But, be vigilant, stick with the cleansing and in 2-3 days the soreness and bleeding will subside and you will have healthier gums
My next post will be “THE CONSEQUENCES OF GINGIVITIS” (bleeding gums), but in the
meantime, if you have any of these symptoms, call my office at 310-444-9900.