Seeing red when you brush your teeth? That’s generally not a good sign. While it’s true that sometimes the reason is that you’ve brushed too hard, especially if it seems to be a one-off, most of the time bleeding gums are a sign of something more serious.
If your gums bleed frequently, it’s time to call your dentist. What might they find? There are several causes for concern with bleeding gums. Sometimes, it is gingivitis, a disease that causes your gums to become inflamed. Your dentist can check for it and help clear it up with a periodontal scaling.
If you wait too long, you may be diagnosed with periodontal disease, something that affects nearly 50% of American adults ages 30 and up. In the early stages, your dentist can help clear up the plaque buildup that has caused it and set you on the path to healthy gums. Don’t wait though because the longer you do, the more likely it will be that you’ll lose teeth.
Do you take certain medications? Blood thinners can also be to blame for bleeding gums. When you visit your dentist, tell them about any medications you’re taking to see if this is the cause. Those with diabetes or vitamin deficiencies may also experience bleeding gums.
In addition to visiting your dentist to find out what’s going on below your gum line, you can use some of these tips to stop bleeding gums and restore healthfulness to your mouth.
Take Care Of Your Oral Health
This might seem obvious, but being vigilant about your oral health can prevent the kind of problems that would lead to bleeding gums. Don’t be embarrassed if you’ve slacked in this department! Your dentist won’t judge you. Get it taken care of now before it gets worse, and vow to floss like a pro. Using all-natural products can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Eat More Vitamins C And K
Vitamin C helps build and strengthen your immunity while vitamin K helps your blood clot. Deficiency in either of these vitamins may result in more bleeding for your gums, so eat more of these nutrients, and eat more nutritiously overall.
Start Drinking Green Tea
Swap a cup of your daily coffee for green tea. It contains catechins, a type of antioxidant known for its fantastic anti-inflammatory properties.
Try A Rinse
Both hydrogen peroxide and warm saltwater are great for stopping bleeding gums. Just don’t use them together!
Lower Your Stress
Stress causes our bodies to respond in many negative ways. Among them, it weakens your immunity, making your body more susceptible to periodontal disease. Do things that help relieve your stress to keep your oral health strong.
One thing that will stop some of your stress immediately is to make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Your dentist can help save your smile before it’s too late. Then you can maintain it with naturally-effective products for a healthier you.
About The Author:
Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.