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Ways of Keeping Track of How Often You Have Bleeding Gums

Posted on 12/25/2019 by Dr. Karl Zeren
Ways of Keeping Track of How Often You Have Bleeding GumsIf your gums regularly bleed when you brush them, it's a good sign that you have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. However, if your gums only bleed every now and then, it could be something else.

This is why we will ask you how often your gums bleed when you come in to talk to us about this issue. There are other things we need to know, too, that can help us determine the cause. But tracking how often your gums bleed can be difficult if you're always on the go or have a lot on your mind. Here are a few ideas to help.

Have a Calendar in the Bathroom
One way of tracking your bleeding gums is to put a calendar in the bathroom that you use just for this purpose. Every time you see your gums bleeding, make a mark on that day. You can then bring this calendar in when you come to see us so we can look at the pattern of bleeding gums.

Create a Log
Another option is to make a log of your bleeding gums. You can use any notebook to do this. Write down each date you've noticed your gums bleeding. It can also help to write down the time and what you were doing. If you use a small notebook, you can take it with you wherever you go. This might be easier to carry with you than a calendar. You can also use your day planner or a pocket calendar that you already use for other appointments. That way, you're not carrying around anything else.

Use Your Phone

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and that makes tracking bleeding gums very easy. You can use your phone's calendar or other app to make a note every time you see your gums bleeding. If you use Siri, Google Assistant, or other voice-activated assistant, you don't even have to type anything in. Just ask them to make a note!

You don't need to wait to log bleeding gums before you come to see us. It's important we deal with gingivitis and other causes of bleeding gums as soon as possible, so give us a call today to book an appointment.
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