When you notice your gums bleeding, it can be disturbing, but nothing to panic about. There are many reasons for bleeding gums, and some of them are completely harmless. Even if you do have a gum issue, there are a number of steps you can take to cure the problem.
Causes for Bleeding Gums
Your gums may bleed simply because you brush your teeth too vigorously or with a hard-bristled brush. Changing to a soft-bristled brush may end the bleeding. You may also experience some bleeding if you begin flossing or change your flossing habits. That bleeding should stop after your gums become used to your new routine.
Women sometimes develop gingivitis when they are pregnant. Their gums become inflamed and frequently bleed a small amount. Some prescription drugs, such as blood thinners, may also cause some bleeding from your mouth.
You may develop non-pregnancy related gingivitis, which is caused by plaque and bacteria on your teeth. Caught early, gingivitis causes no harm and can be easily treated. If you ignore gingivitis, it can turn into periodontitis, a much more serious condition.
Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that causes bleeding and can harm your teeth as well as your bones. You may well experience tooth loss if the condition is not promptly treated.
Treatments for Gum Bleeding
You can take action to stop gum bleeding. Here are some common treatments:
Brush and Floss
Improving your dental hygiene can help stop minor gum bleeding. You do need to thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Doing so will help eliminate the plaque and bacteria that can cause bleeding.
Rinse with Anti-Gingivitis Mouthwash
Using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash like Listerine or Crest Pro-Health can eliminate plaque and bacteria build-up on your teeth, which is often the cause of your gum bleeding. It also fights gingivitis inflammation.
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Take Vitamin C
Vitamin C is known to strengthen your immune system. Eating foods high in vitamin C or taking a Vitamin C supplement can help your body fight off the gum infections that can make your gums bleed.
Rinse with Salt Water
A simple salt water rinse can fight gum inflammation and stop the bleeding. Add 1/2 teaspoon of regular salt to a glass of warm water and rinse with it three or four times a day for the best results.
Smoking is horrible for your health, in particular, your heart and lungs. Your gums can suffer as well. The CDC names smoking as a major cause of severe gum disease in the United States. Smoking weakens your immune system and makes it difficult to fight off bacteria that collect on your teeth. When you stop smoking, your gum bleeding may well stop as well.
Visit Your Dentist
If your gums continue to bleed after 7-10 days, despite taking measures to treat the problem, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. You may need a deep dental cleaning to remove plaque and bacteria or some other treatment that your dentist recommends.
Main Street Dental Clinics
If you are concerned about bleeding gums, contact one of the Main Street Dental Clinics located in southwest Minnesota. One of our skilled doctors will evaluate your teeth and gums and take steps to eliminate the problem while keeping your comfort top-of-mind.
Bleeding gums can be treated. Try one of these common cures and/or visit your dental professional.