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Bleeding Gums is NOT Normal

You try to follow dentist orders and brush and floss daily. You got the special toothbrush and decided to switch toothpaste.

You notice that your gums bleed when you floss. You think it is no big deal. Your gums always bleed a little when you floss.

Unfortunately, bleeding gums is NOT normal.

If you were washing your hands and noticed that your hands were bleeding, you would assume it is normal. Especially if they bleed every time that you wash your hands.

The same should be true for your gums.

Bleeding gums is one of the signs of gingivitis or gum disease and should not be ignored.

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What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis, simply, is inflammation of the gums. This happens as a result of plaque sitting on the teeth, especially near the gum line, and irritating the gums.

This is why it is recommended to brush twice daily. Brushing helps remove the plaque that is formed daily that irritates the gums.

The good news is gingivitis is reversible. With prompt treatment by your dentist, that includes a professional cleaning. In addition to good oral hygiene at home, gingivitis can be reversed.

 What causes gingivitis?

Honestly, poor oral hygiene causes gingivitis. If plaque is not removed daily by brushing your teeth, it increases the risk of developing gingivitis.

Inside of the plaque is tons of bacteria that produce toxins and irritants that cause gingivitis.

When gingivitis is an ongoing process, it can lead to an even bigger problem. Gum disease.

Gingivitis leads to gum disease

Unlike gingivitis, gum disease is not reversible.

Gum disease develops when bacteria get below the gum line and produce the toxins and irritants that disturb the gums and the surrounding bone.

Gum disease leads to the destruction of the jaw bone that supports teeth. If left untreated, you will ultimately lose your teeth.

Trust me. You look so much better with your teeth than false teeth.

How to prevent gingivitis and gum disease

There are a few steps and habits to incorporate into your daily routine that will help you prevent gingivitis and gum disease.

Brush your teeth twice daily

Brush and floss daily

I am sure you have heard it before. Brush twice a day.

In order to be effective in brushing, an electric toothbrush is the way to go. The Sonic Care toothbrush is an excellent choice if you have gingivitis or gum disease.

The Sonic Care technology is amazing because not only is the toothbrush removing plaque and food debris off of your teeth, the toothbrush is also producing these tiny bubbles that do wonders for your gums.

These tiny bubbles get below the gum line and release oxygen which is the kryptonite for the bacteria causing havoc below the gum line. This helps to control that bacteria and also get your teeth nice and clean.

See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings

Having a checkup by your dentist helps monitor your gums and other dental issues that may arise.

Periodontal disease is prevalent in the US and my predication is that in 2018 there will be major advances in the treatment of this disease.

Your dentist and hygienist will help detected gingivitis early and give you specific instruction to help you reverse the damage with home care.

Ensure a nutritious diet

Getting proper nourishment is key to a healthy mouth. Having a nutritious diet ensures that you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals that will aid in the healing of your gums to reverse gingivitis.

Eat a nutritious diet to maintain healthy gums

Vitamin C is a really important vitamin that the body needs daily to make collagen and is essential to healing. Studies have shown that vitamin C can help speed the healing process.

Avoid tobacco products

Tobacco products are extremely harmful to your teeth and gums. When using tobacco products, it actually masks the bleeding that you would see if you were not using the tobacco products.

The use of tobacco products actually accelerates the process of gingivitis and gum disease.

Avoid smoking to prevent gum disease

Helpful products to try

There are only a few times that I will recommend a specific product. If a product has the ADA seal of acceptance I know that it will work well. Products with the ADA seal of acceptances have been tested and proven to be effective. All of the products listed below have the ADA seal.

Mouth Rinse

Listerine Antiseptic (Original, Cool Mint, Fresh Burst, Soft Mint) I am a fan of Listerine. Especially Listerine Total Care. Listerine has ingredients that help with killing the bacteria that cause gingivitis and also soothing the gums. Once you get past the “Listerine burn” you will notice an improvement in your gums within 1-2 weeks.

Floss and Interdental Cleaners

Flossing is an important step in your oral hygiene routine. Removing plaque and food between your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine.

Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus Floss


Tom’s of Maine Naturally Waxed Antiplaque Flat Floss (Spearmint)

These are great choices of floss. If flossing is just not your thing or you don’t have the dexterity, these are some great alternatives:

Waterpik Water Flosser

Stim-U-Dent Plaque Removers

Toothpaste

These two tubes of toothpaste have specific ingredients to help fight gum disease.

Crest Pro Health Toothpaste

Colgate Total Toothpaste

Toothbrush

I already mentioned Sonicare toothbrush, but Oral-B is another favorite.

Oral-B Oscillating-Rotating-Pulsating (O/R/P) Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4100 Plaque Control

Remember

Bleeding gums is not normal and a definite sign that you don’t want to ignore. See your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleanings. Brush and floss daily to prevent and reverse gingivitis. With lots of love, Dr Toni

Comments

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  2. Angela

    I admit it, I have gum disease. I brush with electric toothbrush and floss semi regularly. I feel like I am being scolded like a child when I go to the dental hygenist. I have an appointment later this week. I just want to say “Keep your comments to yourself and clean my teeth already.” Don’t they know it makes us less likely to want to come back? Anyway, sorry about the rant. I think this was a great “informational non judgemental” post and I did learn a few things. Thank you!

    1. You know what? I had a patient pretty much let my hygienist have it one day and made her cry. She said that same thing that you said and a few other things. Some hygienist have the greatest intention but have a completely wrong approach. I totally understand what you are saying! Hygienist are SO passionate about what they do and want to be a superhero for their patients. They are taught to educate their patients. But sometimes this comes off as a lecture or, like you mentioned, being scolded.

      Because of this, my approach is completely different. I like to state my findings, how doing nothing an impact your health, and what I can do to stabilize or restore. If there are questions that start with why then I will go into educating.

      Honestly, if you feel like you are being scolded on your next visit, say something. I promise your hygienist may not even know that he/she is doing that. His/her feeling may get hurt initially, but if taken the right way, it will help with professional development.

      Trust me. I have had a few patients hurt my feelings, but it has helped me connect better with my patients. 🙂

  3. Joyce Osiango

    I visit my dentist but it is one of the things I hate, very useful and great information. Mouth hygiene is very important, I find it difficult to get used to the taste of a new toothpaste. Thank you for this.

    1. Thank you! Yes, you are right. Hygiene is important. I am the same way with toothpaste. I tend to stick with one brand and flavor for a long time. It takes a lot to get me to switch.

  4. Tabitha Bakare

    What an excellent post!

    Growing up, like all Americans, I was taught to brush twice daily. Then, I moved to South Korea five years ago and people are always brushing their teeth. Here, you carry a toothbrush and toothpaste, even mouthwash in your purse or backpack.

    At work, we have places to keep them stored to brush after lunch. You will find students walking around the halls brushing their teeth in the mornings and after lunch. If you’re eating out and step into the bathroom, you will likely find people brushing their teeth.
    At daycare, kids must have a kit so they can clean their teeth after eating. It’s done together at school and proper dental hygiene is taught to them. My children, ages 3 and 23 months love brushing their teeth, like obsessed and know to do it after eating.

    After living here, I can’t help but wonder why we aren’t encouraging these healthy dental habits stateside. I don’t know any schools that have students brushing their teeth together after lunchtime. Or, even if they’re taught to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with them in their backpacks or lockers.

    What are your thoughts? Also, why is it that we’re only taught to do it twice a day and not after every meal?

    1. Tabitha thank you! And thank you for stopping by!

      This is really interesting. I did not know that oral hygiene is so huge in South Korea. I will definitely share this with my colleagues!

      Honestly, I typically talk to kids with braces more about brushing frequently (the usual twice a day, plus after meals) because the brackets and wires tend to hold and trap food and plaque that causes cavities and gingivitis. There are some patients that I actually will recommend keeping a toothbrush handy at work or at school. But that is not the norm.

      I wish more of my patients would brush more frequently so that their check-up visits are a lot quicker.

      Personally, I find that getting some of my patients to brush once a day is a challenge, let alone twice a day.

      As far as why we are only taught twice a day and not after meals? I don’t have a straight answer for you. I do know that if you eat acidic meals it is not recommended to brush immediately after eating (due to compromising the enamel and potentially causing erosion).

      I personally brush after lunch time. Only because I hate the feeling of dirty teeth and I don’t want to go back to talk to patients with food stuck in between my teeth. 🙂 I will get back to you on an answer to your last question. Thanks again!

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