Although you might think it’s normal to see a bit of pink in the sink when you’re brushing or flossing, it’s not! Bleeding gums can be caused by a number of reasons, like over-vigorous brushing, but more often than not, they’re a sign of gum disease. In fact, as gum disease is relatively painless, this might be the only sign you get until the disease is far advanced (and your teeth start falling out). So if you’re seeing blood on your toothbrush, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
If you’re eating a lot of unhealthy, over-processed sugary foods, your body is not getting the nutrition it needs and this will lead to a wide variety of health problems, including bleeding gums. A diet rich in whole foods, like fruits and vegetables, will give you the nutrients you need and help keep you and your gums healthy. Foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium are particularly good for your gums.
During the day, plaque builds up in your mouth and on the surface of your teeth. This is the sticky film you can feel on your teeth at the end of the day. If it isn’t removed properly, it will harden and turn to tartar. Not only does this look ugly, it’s also a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause gum disease. If your gums have started bleeding, spend a bit more time giving your teeth attention. Buy a soft-bristled brush, as a hard or medium one, could do more damage to your vulnerable gums, and brush gently, but spend more time doing it. Also, make sure you floss at least once a day. This will slow down gum disease and may even reverse it altogether if it’s in the early stages.
That’s right, you can add bleeding gums to the long list of negative effects that smoking is having on your health. It’s not just that smoking lowers your overall immunity, leaving you more vulnerable to infection, the toxins in tobacco directly prevent your gums from getting the nutrients they need. So if you want to do your gums (and every other part of your body) a favor, quit smoking. It’s a disgusting habit and nobody needs it.
That is, don’t share anything that comes into contact with your mouth, like water bottles. Gum disease is highly contagious and while sharing your partner’s toothbrush might seem like a sign of intimacy, it also puts you at much greater risk of gum disease.
Stress causes inflammation in the body, which can lead to bleeding gums. Also, when people are stressed, they tend to neglect themselves, eating badly and skimping on personal hygiene routines, all of which can cause bleeding gums.
Bleeding gums are not an inevitable side-effect of brushing and should not be ignored. The advice above will help you fight the bleeding but only a qualified dentist can determine the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment so book an appointment at the first signs of blood on your toothbrush or in the sink.
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