When you brushed and flossed your teeth this morning, you noticed a swirl of pink go down the drain. That small of an amount of blood may not have seemed like a big deal, but it could be a symptom of much larger problems like gum disease or poor dental hygiene. Your dentist lets you know what this could mean for your oral health and how you can prevent it. Read on to save your smile and avoid the discomfort of bleeding gums!
What are Some Common Reasons For Bleeding Gums?
There are countless reasons that your gums could be bleeding, some serious and some not. No matter what the cause, it’s a good idea to checkup with your dentist. Some common causes of gum bleeding include:
- Gum disease could be the cause of your bleeding when you floss and brush. The plaque that builds up in your mouth isn’t cleaned off, so it causes excessive amounts of bacteria that inflame and irritate them. Some other common symptoms of this are bad breath and swelling and tenderness.
- Medicine you’re taking could cause your blood to thin and make it easier to bleed when brushing and flossing. Remember to let your dentist know of any medicine you’re taking during your visit.
- Poor oral hygiene could lead to several problems, like bleeding gums. It’s important to brush for two minutes, twice a day and floss.
- A poor diet could irritate your gums. More processed and sugary foods tend to cause your gums to become tender. It’s best to stick with foods that are high in vitamins C and D, calcium, and magnesium.
- Your misaligned bite could affect your teeth, bone, and supporting tissues in your mouth. When you bite hard in one spot, your gums recede and can put you at a higher risk for gum disease.
- Smoking increases your risk of getting gum disease and causes them to become more sensitive. When you start bleeding, the bacteria that is in your mouth can get into your bloodstream.
- Overly aggressive brushing and flossing is a common cause for your gums to bleed. If you brush or floss your teeth too roughly, this can damage your gums and cause them to bleed.
- Being stressed or in an anxious state can affect your immune system and make it difficult to keep gum disease at bay. Stress can cause your blood vessels to inflame and break down oral soft tissues, making it difficult for your body to fight off infections.
How Can You Prevent Your Gums From Bleeding?
Your bleeding gums don’t have to be permanent! You can follow these tips at home or with the support of your local dentist:
- Practicing good oral hygiene is essential in keeping plaque and tartar from building up and breeding bacteria.
- Rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide can aid in stopping your gum bleeding. A study with 99 patients was conducted by the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine where each person rinsed with hydrogen peroxide. It was effective in reducing gingivitis and gum inflammation as well as whitening your teeth.
- Increasing your intake of vitamin K can give your gums relief. Foods like spinach, kale, and mustard greens help your blood to clot, resulting in less bleeding. It’s recommended that you get 90-120 micrograms of vitamin K a day.
- Drinking green tea daily can help provide relief if you have periodontal disease. It contains catechin which is a natural antioxidant that minimizes inflammation.
If you are experiencing bleeding, inform your dentist so they can check for other symptoms like tooth decay or cavities. Practicing good preventive techniques like attending regular semi-annual checkups and cleanings can drastically reduce your risk of having serious oral health problems. Your dentist may be able to provide you with long-term relief!
About the Practice
Drs. Suzan Rismani-Flenniken and Neil Flenniken are able to provide you with effective periodontal therapy to ease your discomfort from inflamed gums. With a treatment plan designed especially for you, you’ll feel confident that you’re getting the care you deserve at Monarch Dentistry. From your semi-annual checkup and cleaning to dental implants, they have the experience and expertise to provide you with comprehensive care. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or contact us at 703-457-8447.