Gum bleeding can be treated with natural remedies and good oral hygiene.
Why is my gum bleeding is a question asked by many people on a daily basis.
Gum bleeding is normal, it is commonly caused by plaque or tartar buildup which allow bacteria to grow along the gum line. It is not uncommon to see blood after brushing of teeth or flossing. It is typically not serious.
Common causes of bleeding gum may include:
- Using a toothbrush that is too hard.
- Using a frayed, worn toothbrush
- Not brushing the teeth often enough like at least twice a day
- Using dental floss roughly(gently push it down and hug the side of each tooth)
- Having early-stage gum disease
- Taking certain medications like aspirin, blood thinners.
The following method can stop gum from bleeding completely.
- Using ices: Hold a small ice pack against a swollen bleeding gum for 10-minutes at a time and take a 10-minutes break to help soothe them. They can also help reduce pain and swelling caused by gum disease.
- Using gauze: Hold a clean, damp gauze against the affected area to stop the bleeding immediately.
- Applying a turmeric paste: Applying a turmeric paste may improve the symptoms of bleeding gums because of its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Using a mouthwash: Antibacterial Mouthwash which contains active ingredients like hydrogen peroxide and chlorhexidine can also treat and prevent gum disease known as gingivitis which is the common cause of bleeding gum.
- Flossing gently every day: Flossing newly can cause bleeding at first because the gum may not be used to the stimulation. But after a few days of consistent flossing, the bleeding stops. Flossing improves gum health which will reduce gum bleeding
- Using the right toothbrush: One with a sensitive gum should always opt for an extra soft or sensitive toothbrush. Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles for 2 minutes twice a day.
- Rinse the mouth with warm salt: When you rinse the mouth with warm salt water, it helps reduce bacteria and speed up healing. You can make an oral salt rinse by adding half a teaspoon of salt to 7 ounces of warm water. You can rinse with the warm salt water several times a day.
- Avoid smoking: One of the major cause of gum disease is smoking. Smoking harms the body’s immune system which makes the body unable to fight bacteria that sticks to the gum naturally. So once the gum is damaged, smoking makes it difficult for the tissue to be healed. People often notice improvement quickly after stopping smoking.
- Avoid processed and sugary food: Frequently eating processed and starchy food may cause bleeding gum, starchy food stick to the gum which breaks down to sugar leading to the inflammation of the gums and an increase in decay.
- Trying oil pulling: Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine practice, it involves using a specific oil to rinse the mouth for 20 to 30 minutes then spilled it out. Oil pilling cannot replace regular brushing. Oil pulling is very effective at controlling plaque levels in the mouth. Coconut oil is very effective and should be used for 10 minutes each day for a week.
- Eat more leafy green: Leafy greens like kale, lettuce, and spinach are a very good source of vitamin K. Deficiency of vitamin K affects blood clotting so people low in vitamin K will notice more bleeding than usual.
Long –term treatment and prevention.
One of the best ways to prevent bleeding gum is having a healthful lifestyle. Bleeding gums can be avoided by:
- Practicing good oral care which includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
- Seeing a dentist regularly.
- Replacing toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
- Avoid smoking.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
When to see a dentist.
See a dentist when you notice changes in your gum, teeth or mouth. Pains and bleeding of gums should not happen every day. Also, see a healthcare professional for signs of infections like fever or swelling.
After trying to treat these symptoms at home and it doesn’t go away, one should visit a dentist.
Tooth loss and infection can be the end of untreated gum disease. A dentist can treat gum disease, especially if caught at an early age. While occasionally bleeding of the gums is not usually an emergency, a person should see a dentist if it continues.