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How To Treat Bleeding Gums

By Edited Dec 11, 2013 1 3

Bleeding gums can be caused by other health problems including gingivitis, infection, leukemia, vitamin shortage, medications, bad dentures or even hormonal imbalances so if your gums are bleeding all the time it is probably in your best interest to go see your doctor or dentist as this can be a sign for other problems. . If the cause is indeed dental related, there are a few things we can do to help get your bleeding gums under control.

First, switch from a hard bristled tooth brush to a soft bristled brush. As clean as you think that hard brush is getting your teeth, it is probably damaging the enamel on your teeth and it is clearly bothering your gums. Contrary to popular believe, your gums will not eventually get used to the conditions that they are put under when brushed with a hard brush. Also, make sure you brush your teeth after every meal to prevent any buildup between meals.

Next, make sure you also floss on a daily basis. It might be a pain to do, but the benefits of getting the plaque out of those hard to reach places will definitely help prevent your gums from bleeding. You may also want to consider picking up some sort of electronic tooth brush or oral irrigation tool. They help dig the plaque out of those crevices you can't get at with your regular toothbrush or floss.

After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth out with some warm salt water. This will help kill any bacteria and allow your gums to heal quicker than just letting them heal on their own. Typically you will want to mix one teaspoon of salt for every cup of warm water.

Try to not use commercial mouth washes that contain alcohol, while it may keep your breath minty fresh, the alcohol may slow down recovery.

Finally, make sure you go and see your dentist every six months! A simple dental cleaning at your neighborhood dentist will help keep your plaque down and keep your gums nice and healthy!



Nov 14, 2009 6:06am
Definitely needs checking out as bleeding gums can lead to tooth loss. Good advice.
Nov 14, 2009 6:07am
Definitely needs checking out as bleeding gums can lead to tooth loss. Good advice.
Sep 17, 2010 11:06am
My dentist says to take more Vitamin C.
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