Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gum disease and should be a sign that something needs to be changed in your daily oral hygiene. Bleeding from our gums may seem normal, but it’s not. We can’t ignore it.
Brush twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste
This is the first reason on the list. Brushing our teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste is required for gum health and helps protect against other oral diseases.
For best results, brush the last thing at night and at one other time during the day, using an electric toothbrush.
It is equally important that we spit out the surplus toothpaste after brushing and don’t rinse our mouth out with water. This makes sure the toothpaste remains on our teeth longer, giving us that extra protection.
Use interdental brushes or floss
Using interdental brushes or floss is one of the major components of a good oral health routine. This is because a toothbrush cannot be cleaned in between our teeth as interdental brushes or floss can. It’s imperative to clean those areas where a toothbrush can’t reach, in any case, pockets of plaque may develop, latently messing up our gums.
Use a fluoride mouthwash
Fluoride mouthwash is beneficial for oral health as it helps to clear our mouth off a scrap. It also helps in preventing plaque build-up on our gums, in-between our teeth, and on the surface of our teeth in between brushing.
On the other, it can also help to freshen our breath by killing the bacteria associated with bad breath (halitosis). It’s important that when considering a mouthwash we should select fluoride to help give our teeth that extra protection throughout the day.
Visiting the dentist
If our car is not working or something damaged, it is likely we would call a mechanic, right? The same things apply to problems in our mouth and a dental care professional. Calling the dentist for any oral health issues we are having, including bleeding gums.
If our gums continue bleeding for a prolonged period, it is important that we don’t wait for our regular appointment to come around – pick up the telephone and book a visit.
Healthy diet and lifestyle
This is not important only for bleeding gums but for good health in general. A healthy diet is also important in order for our mouth to function properly without any interference. Remember that when we are reading the labels ‘no added sugar’ does not believe that the product is sugar-free. It simply means that no extra sugar has been added to that product, but does not include the presence of naturally-occurring sugars. Lifestyle factors can also have an adverse effect on our mouth health such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Those who smoke more or smoke for many years are likely to have gum disease. This is because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums make them black and make less chance they can heal.
However, the harsh reality is that if we can’t avoid these issues otherwise we could end up losing teeth. It can also lead to the development of a number of other diseases that have a negative impact on our overall well being.