Treatment for Bleeding Gums

By nature, your gums are adhered very closely to your teeth to prevent bacteria or other harmful elements from entering the root of your teeth or jaw bone. However, gums are also subject to weakening, recession, and bleeding. If you have been experiencing gingivitis or gum bleeding-whether in form of a spongy gum or red lines along your teeth-immediate action should be done to lessen if not eliminate the problem.

Bleeding gums, if not taken care of, could lead to mouth problems such as tooth decay, tooth loss, and periodontitis. If bleeding persists, it could also cause more serious health problems such as leukemia and (in rare cases) bleeding to death. However, there are still ways to treat your bleeding gums.

Do not brush your teeth – It is a common mistake that bleeding gums can be solved by tooth brushing. Problem is, the bristles on the toothbrush can actually cause tiny abrasions on the gum, leading to even more aggravated bleeding. Instead, you can rinse your mouth with warm salty water, hydrogen peroxide, or certain brands of mouth wash to remove the real culprit of bleeding gums: plaque.

Compress your gums – With clean hands, gently apply pressure on your gum where bleeding appears.

Give the cold treatment – If bleeding persists, you can treat your gums by applying ice or taking ice-cold drinks or juices to stop bleeding.

Avoid all medications – Certain medications can cause your gums to bleed such as painkillers and blood thinners. Avoid taking any medication if signs of gum bleeding occurs and visit your dentist or physician as soon as possible to rule out the causes.

Visit your dentist – It is very important to visit your dentist once every six months even for a simple teeth cleaning, as having your plaque removed professionally lessens that chances of gum bleeding and tooth decay. If you wear dentures, you also need to consult your dentist because you may need to be refitted with new dentures, as poorly fitting ones can cause sore spots in gums. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how to take care of your gums at home.

Avoid certain mouth washes – Although mouth washes are usually advertised as effective in removing plaque, some of them could actually aggravate the problem, especially those containing alcohol.

Floss your teeth – Aside from mouth rinsing, it is also recommended to floss your teeth twice a day to keep plaque from building up in between your teeth.