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How to Prevent Bleeding Gums

 

After brushing your teeth, you gargle and rinse your mouth and then you notice a tinge of blood on the sink.

You might think that this is normal and nothing to worry about. However, bleeding gums are often a sign of a few dental problems, including gum disease. Gum disease, in particular, can be hard to detect because it is not painful for people who suffer from it. Most people realize that they are suffering from it during the advanced stages. Taking note of gum bleeding and seeking professional help at once can help prevent gum disease from worsening. Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can prevent bleeding gums.

 

What causes bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums usually indicate dental problems. Rarely do these indicate a problem with other body parts. Apart from gum disease, there are other causes of bleeding gums.

 

These include brushing too hard, a vitamin deficiency, some types of medications, bleeding/clotting disorders, hormonal changes due to pregnancy, ill-fitting dentures, and mouth sores. Patients who suffer from leukemia, diabetes, heart disease and scurvy may also experience bleeding gums.

 

Treating bleeding gums

Dentists treat bleeding gums by removing the build-up of plaque which leads to gum disease. Over time, plaque can turn into tartar which adheres to the teeth. And the more that tartar adheres to your teeth, the more likely it will be for plaque to get below the gum line and lead to infections.

 

If you notice that you have bleeding gums, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to treat your gingivitis and prevent gum disease.

 

Dentists may also use techniques like scaling and root planing for patients who suffer from advanced periodontal disease.

 

Prevention

If you want to know how to prevent bleeding gums, your dentist can offer a few invaluable tips for your unique condition. But broadly speaking, there are a few simple things that you can do to prevent bleeding gums.

 

For starters, learn and master good oral hygiene habits, including proper brushing and flossing. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and use these gently on your teeth and gums. When flossing, make sure you reach beyond the gum line.

 

If you are a smoker, consider quitting your vice. Try to eat a balanced diet and avoid or limit your intake of foods with too much sugar and carbohydrates. If you have a new set of dentures, make sure that these fit you well.

 

If you cannot prevent bleeding gums, you can use a cold compress to control it. Avoid using mouthwashes which contain alcohol. Use a saline mix or hydrogen peroxide instead.

Gum bleeding can be a sign of a bigger health concern. If you have tried all the at home remedies and you are still in pain or your still concerned about your bleeding gums, contact your Prescott Valley dentist at Horizon Dental Care.

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