Preventing Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums, also known as gingivitis, is not just a simple gash on your gums. It is caused by bacteria, virus, or fungi that also produce acids and toxins that could cause your teeth to weaken. It could also cause hardened plaque or tartar that would increase bleeding and even develop advanced forms of gum and jaw bone diseases like periodontitis. Cases of gum bleeding are more common among adults. To prevent your gums from bleeding, you need to follow these suggestions.

Brush your teeth and tongue carefully – Avoid brushing your teeth too hard or too fast. The bristles of your toothbrush actually causes tiny scratches on your gums, which can cause bleeding. You could also opt for brushes that have softer bristles.

Be careful when eating hard foods – Certain foods can cause abrasions to your gums as you chew such as chips. They also causes tooth decay to an extent because starches in chips need to be converted by enzymes in the saliva first. You can try chewing them as slowly and as fine as possible, then brushing your teeth or gargling with mouth wash afterwards.

Minimize consumption of sour foods or drinks – Acidic foods like carbonated drinks, chocolates, and even meat leave traces of acid on your mouth that can aggravate the development of gum erosion and tooth decay. Try balancing your diet by eating alkaline foods such as vegetables and fruits (even the citrus variety such as oranges and grapefruit), as well as foods that are rich in vitamin B and C.

Minimize consumption of unnecessary medication – Certain medications could cause your gums to bleed such as pain killers, blood thinners, and the like. Read the label to get you informed about the possibility of gum bleeding.

Floss and rinse with mouth wash often – Cleaning your mouth by mouth wash and flossing provides minimal damage to your gums and teeth. Gargle with mouthwash that effectively removes plaque and neutralizes the acidity of your mouth, while floss every tooth gap to remove tartar and food bits that are stuck in between your teeth. If you do not have mouth wash, gargle with salty warm water.

Avoid smoking – Smoking, as well as chewing tobacco or betel nuts, causes considerable damage to your gums and teeth. In the case of smoking, it darkens your teeth and recedes the gum line.

Take vitamin supplements – Even with a balanced diet, we are not assured that we get the right amount of nutrition needed for good oral health. Vitamins B and C-as well as zinc and magnesium-are beneficial to your teeth, so take vitamin supplements daily to complement your diet.

Visit your dentist regularly – Dentists generally recommend people to visit their clinics twice a year, even if you think you do not have dental problems. That is because brushing your teeth regularly could not compare to having your teeth cleaned professionally. Your dentist may also find some minuscule traces of tooth decay that may need treatment.