Better Care for Bleeding Gums
Do you get queasy at the sight of blood? Even if not, blood in your mouth is never something you want to see. It is a little alarming, and in fact, it should be! It is a warning sign from your body that something isn’t quite right. Nearly all bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease – either early on or progressed. So while there’s no need to panic when you notice that your gums are bleeding, but it is definitely the time to take action.
What can you do to keep your gums from bleeding? Here are a few helpful at-home tips that are simpler than you’d think:
– Brush Often: The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing two times a day, for example in the morning and before bed. This is especially effective when you use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush with a soft-bristled brush in a circular motion starting at the gum line and moving away from the gums. This stimulates the gums and works to remove plaque and food debris from the gum line. If you would like, you can even brush more often, say after every meal.
– Floss Every Day: It turns out that the activity that makes you notice bleeding gums can also be the best thing for them in the long run. Flossing is extremely important in caring for your gums and preventing bleeding. While brushing focuses on the tooth and gum line, flossing gets under the gum line to remove plaque and debris, which can hide there and invite bacteria.
– Drink More Water: Water contains fluoride, which protects and restores enamel. It also rinses out your mouth without adding harmful sugars, making it a harder environment for bacteria to take hold and turn into gum disease.
– Don’t Miss Appointments: Most insurance companies these days will cover two cleanings per year, which greatly increases your dental health. Our cleanings remove plaque and tartar that are nearly impossible to remove at home. You can certainly help this process by brushing and flossing every day, but to really get the cleanest, healthiest gums, you’ll need some professional help. So keep an eye on the calendar and keep up with your six month appointments!