3 Bleeding Gum Remedies You Should Know

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Have you noticed some bleeding when flossing or brushing? Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum disease, often resulting from dental issues such as injuries or teeth infections. While bleeding gums aren't painful, they shouldn't be ignored because the underlying dental problem can become more severe. However, before you visit your dentist, it's imperative to understand that you may be able to cure or stop your bleeding gums even without seeing a dentist. With that in mind, below is a guide on how to manage your bleeding gums. 

Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Routine

Poor oral or dental hygiene is one of the main contributors of bleeding gums. That's because the build-up of plaque along your gum line can result in your gums becoming inflamed, which can in turn cause bleeding. That means you need to improve your flossing and brushing habits. Brushing or flossing twice a day, for instance, may be of less value if you do it the wrong way. Avoid firm- or medium-bristled toothbrushes that can be damaging to your gums. Also, contrary to what you may believe, harder brushing won't result in cleaner teeth. Doing this, especially if you are using a firm-bristled toothbrush, can harm your gums and cause bleeding. Therefore, stick to soft-bristled toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are highly effective when it comes to removing plaque and are gentle to your teeth as well as the gums. 

When it comes to flossing, a mistake you are likely to make is to snap the floss between your teeth. Doing this can irritate your gums and lead to inflammation and eventual bleeding. The goal is to slide the floss gently below your gumline. 

Choose Your Mouthwash Carefully

Mouthwash acts as a disinfectant that works to eliminate the bacteria in your mouth and even freshen your breath. However, if you have bleeding gums, your choice of mouthwash matters a lot. Alcohol-based mouthwashes, for instance, may be a bad idea. That's because these types of mouthwashes have a drying effect and can be irritating to your gums, especially if they are swollen, and cause bleeding. Therefore, stick to hydrogen peroxide or rinse your mouth with salt water. 

Avoid Smoking

Cigarettes and tobacco contain toxins that can play a significant role in the development of gum disease. The nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco interferes with the flow of blood to your gums, leaving them undernourished and inflamed. Therefore, quit smoking because it will be good for not only your dental health but also your overall body health.

While these remedies will work to stop your bleeding gums, some situations will call for a visit to the dentist. For instance, if you have swollen or red gums, frequent bad taste in your mouth or bad breath, sensitive gums, or gums that appear to be separating from your teeth, it's recommended that you see a dentist as soon as possible. 


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Fillings: Everything You Need to Know

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