Five ways to stop bleeding gums:
Bleeding gums are so common – to such an extent that most of us will experience them at least once during our lifetime. More than half of the population have experienced bleeding gums while brushing their teeth.
Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gum diseases and should act as a red flag that something needs to be changed in our oral health routine.
Just because it seems normal for our gums to bleed, it doesn’t mean we should ignore it.
1. Brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste
The best option to prevent bleeding gums is brushing our teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste is vital for gum health and also helps protect against other oral diseases.
For best results, brush the last thing at night and at one other time during the day, using an electric toothbrush.
It is equally important that we spit out the excess toothpaste after brushing and don’t rinse our mouth with water. This makes sure the fluoride stays on our teeth longer, giving us that extra protection.
2. Use interdental brushes or floss
Using interdental brushes or floss is another key component for a good oral health routine. This is because a toothbrush cannot get in between our teeth as interdental brushes or floss can.
In recent years, studies have linked gum health to a reduced risk of heart disease, so the benefits go beyond our gum health.
3. Use a fluoride mouthwash
Fluoride mouthwash is beneficial for oral health as it helps to clear our mouth off debris. It also helps in preventing plaque build-up on our gums, in-between our teeth, and on the surface of our teeth.
On top of all, it also helps to freshen our breath by killing the bacteria associated with bad breath (halitosis). It’s important that when you consider a mouthwash you should choose one containing fluoride to help give your teeth that extra protection throughout the day.
4. Visiting the dentist
If we notice something is wrong with our car, it is likely we would call a mechanic, right? The same principle applies to oral health and dental care professionals. The dental practice is the best port to consider for any oral health issues we are having, including bleeding gums.
If our gums continue to bleed over a prolonged period of time, it is important that we don’t wait for our routine appointment to come around – pick up the telephone and book a visit.
5. Healthy diet and lifestyle
This is not just important for bleeding gums but for overall good health also. A healthy diet is important in order for our mouth to function properly. Remember that when we read the labels ‘no added sugar’ it does not necessarily mean that the product is sugar-free. It simply means that no extra sugar has been added to the product, but it includes the presence of naturally-occurring sugars. Lifestyle factors can also affect our oral health such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Those who smoke are more likely to suffer from gum disease. This is because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums don’t get the chance to heal properly.
However, the harsh reality is that if we ignore this problem then we could end up losing teeth. It will also lead to a number of other diseases and have a negative impact on our overall well being.
Healthy gums are needed to support our healthy teeth. Please don’t ignore bleeding gums while brushing your teeth. By following the steps outlined in this blog above we can help give our oral health a boost it needs and halt bleeding gums in their tracks.