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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Helpful products to tryThere 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 RinseListerine 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
These two tubes of toothpaste have specific ingredients to help fight gum disease.
Crest Pro Health Toothpaste
Colgate Total Toothpaste
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