Bleeding Gums: Why It Occurs & What to Do

Bleeding Gums: Simple Solutions for a Healthy Smile

Bleeding gums are a fairly common occurrence, often arising from minor irritations or improper oral hygiene. While not inherently serious, persistent bleeding can indicate underlying issues. Let’s explore the why and how of this common issue, along with effective home remedies and when to seek professional help.

 Common Culprits Behind Bleeding Gums

  • Plaque & Tartar Buildup: Plaque, a sticky film harboring bacteria, hardens into tartar if not removed. This irritates gums, leading to inflammation and bleeding.

  • Brushing Lapses & Harsh Tools: Skipping brushing or using a worn-out, stiff toothbrush can aggravate gums and cause bleeding.

  • Flossing Faux Pas: Overzealous flossing can injure delicate tissue, resulting in temporary bleeding.

  • Gingivitis: This inflammation, often caused by poor oral hygiene, is a prime culprit behind bleeding gums.

Tame the Bleeds: Effective Home Remedies at Your Fingertips

  • Gauze: Similar to treating any wound, apply gentle pressure with gauze to staunch the bleeding. Consult your dentist if bleeding persists beyond a few minutes.
  • Ice: A cold compress or ice cube held against the bleeding area can reduce swelling and soothe discomfort.
  • Mouthwash: Choose a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide, known for its anti-gingivitis and bleeding-prevention properties.
  • Brush: Opt for an “extra soft” or “sensitive” toothbrush and brush gently twice daily. Replace your brush every 3-4 months.
  • Floss: Gently floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between teeth, but avoid aggressive techniques that irritate gums.
  • Check-Ups: Attending regular dental checkups every 6 months is imperative to keeping a healthy mouth and treating bleeding gums.

When to Seek Professional Guidance

While home remedies can often address occasional gum bleeding, consult your dentist if:

  • Bleeding persists despite good oral hygiene practices.
  • You experience severe pain or swelling.
  • Bleeding accompanies signs of gum recession or loose teeth.
  • You have underlying medical conditions affecting gums.

Remember, consistent dental hygiene and regular checkups are key to maintaining healthy gums and a confident smile.

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