Practice good oral hygiene at home
One of the easiest ways to prevent or treat bleeding gums is to practice a good oral hygiene routine.
Take a look at your daily oral hygiene routine, and make sure it consists of:
- Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice per day, for a minimum of 2 minutes
- Flossing daily
- Visiting your dentist for regular 6-month cleanings and exams
- Maintaining a healthy diet and limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks
- Quit smoking, vaping, and any use of tobacco product
Practicing these oral hygiene techniques helps decrease the number of bacteria in your mouth, and aids in removing plaque buildup. Plaque buildup can lead to gingivitis and gum disease, a common cause of bleeding gums.
Visit your dentist every six months for regular exams and cleanings
At Timberhill Dental, we recommend regular 6-month dental cleanings and exams for two main reasons:
- Coming in for regular visits helps us to recognize and treat any current problems
- Conducting regular cleanings and exams helps to prevent dental problems down the road, as we can identify risks or warning signs before they become a bigger problem
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, let your dentist know. Our team will determine the best treatment option for you, including toothbrush, toothpaste, or mouthwash recommendations to help you treat and prevent your gums from bleeding in the future.
Maintain a balanced diet
The food you eat has a huge impact on the health of your gums. Eating a diet high in sugary or acidic foods, for instance, poses a substantial risk for developing cavities or gum disease. That’s because these types of foods create the ideal environment for plaque to develop and thrive.
Limiting your intake of sugary or acidic foods and beverages helps to decrease the risk of developing bacteria on the teeth. Even better, brushing 30 minutes after consuming these types of foods discourages them from hanging around and settling in the mouth.
Additionally, bleeding gums have been linked to Vitamin C and Vitamin K deficiencies. Eating a balanced diet helps ensure the body and gums get the vitamins they need.
Smoking is tied to a variety of conditions and diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke. But did you know smoking has also been recognized as a major cause of gum disease?
This is because smoking weakens the body’s immune system, making it more difficult to fight off gum infection when it starts. Smoking also makes it more difficult for the gums to heal.
Reduce your stress levels
Research shows that stress weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infection. In fact, one study even linked stress to gum disease, the most common cause of bleeding gums. Managing stress (especially long term stress) helps the body to fight off sickness, stay healthier for longer, and recover faster.
When we’re stressed, it can be tempting to skip the floss for a day, or even avoid brushing your teeth as often as you normally would. But neglecting oral hygiene often leads to plaque buildup, opening the door to a number of dental problems including gum disease, cavities, and even tooth loss.
Here are some tips and techniques for how to help manage stress.