Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? I know how you feel. Don’t worry; by applying these simple tips from a respected dentist, the toothpaste you spit out will be white as snow.
I will first address the long sought answer to why your teeth bleed. Am I brushing too hard? Not necessarily, though dentists do recommend soft brushing in circles. When plaque builds up on and between our teeth the bacteria of which it is made inflames and irritates our gums. This inflammation is a sign of gum disease. It is most likely that you have the less severe form, gingivitis, which affects the majority of adults in the country. Over time gingivitis can develop into periodontitis which can result in tooth loss, receding gums, and persistent bad breath.
Personally regular flossing has been the greatest investment I have made for my oral health. Flossing is such as simple thing that many of us are too lazy to do. Flossing cleans the spaces between your teeth where plaque can build up. Do this gently in an up and down motion rather than forcing it between your teeth. It is normal if your gums bleed at first; keep flossing daily anyway and the bleeding should stop within days. It is helpful to floss after every meal. Maybe keep a little floss kit with you wherever you go.
Aside from flossing, healthy gums can be a product of other simple and common sense habits such as regular tooth brushing and rinsing with mouthwash. Tooth brushing should be done gently and in circles to prevent damage to the enamel (protective layer of teeth that cannot be replaced) and the gums. Back and forth maneuvers are not good for the gums.
It is important to note that other factors can also cause periodontal disease. These include hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, etc.; illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, or HIV; smoking, and a family history of dental disease. A well-balanced diet is also important as this boosts your immune system’s capability of fighting infection. Eating plenty of antioxidants are a great way of repairing damaged gum tissue. In addition, grinding of teeth can quicken the damage caused by plaque.
Gums are bleeding? No worries. Strengthen your habits of regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. See your dentist right away for additional guidance and better diagnosis. If gum disease runs in your family also consult with a dentist to determine how you can prevent contracting it too. All else taken care of, remember twice a day keeps the dentist away.