Do you see blood in your saliva after you have brushed your teeth? An array of conditions can lead to bleeding gums, like brushing your teeth too hard, gum disease, or getting injured. Sometimes you might notice that your gums are swollen and bleeding.
If you are experiencing much pain, you should see your dentist immediately. However, if there is no pain and minimal blood, you can try fantastic home remedies to stop the bleeding. In this article, I will explain how to stop bleeding gums and take steps to prevent them.
1. The Right Toothbrush
It would be best if you bought the right toothbrush for your teeth. A soft toothbrush will work well for you if you have sensitive teeth. There are also medium and hard options for people with “normal” teeth.
It’s believed that everyone should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and needs to brush for two minutes, twice a day.
In addition, there is no difference between manual and electronic toothbrushes, and both are effective. However, it would be best if you replaced your toothbrush every 3rd month or when the bristles start to deteriorate.
2. Good Oral Hygiene
If you avoid practicing good oral hygiene, it can cause bleeding gums. In addition, by not brushing correctly, you do not eliminate all the plaque built up on your teeth.
This plaque forms from natural bacteria in your mouth feeding off food particles combined with an acid. It creates a film around the surface of your tooth and starts to eat away your enamel.
That leads to an array of problems, one being bleeding gums, so brushing away the plaque and food particles twice a day and flossing you will spare yourself from bleeding gums.
3. Do not Smoke!
Smoking causes many health problems, including gingivitis; smoking affects the body’s immune system, making it hard to conquer bacteria. In addition, smoking prolongs the healing process.
4. Avoid Foods High in Sugar
By eating a diet high in sugar, you are feeding the plaque in your mouth, leading to gingivitis, which causes bleeding gums.
Processed foods have significant sugar content, and you should stay away from them. Avoid eating bread, cookies, cake, chocolate, potato chips, alcohol, and sodas.
5. Avoid Carbohydrates
Sugar is not your only problem; carbohydrates are just as bad. Foods high in carbs stick to your teeth, and the bacteria break it down into sugar, which speeds up the process that causes bleeding gums.
If you can’t give up your sugar and carbs (but I strongly suggest you do), brushing after every meal can make a difference.
6. Turmeric Paste
This method is not scientifically proven, but many people swear by it. Turmeric is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
To make the paste, you will need to use ¼ of a teaspoon of turmeric and mix in tiny amounts of water until it forms a paste.
Using your fingers, gently apply the paste onto your gums in circular motions and leave it on for 5 minutes.
Next, rinse your mouth out with warm water; repeat this process until the water runs clear.
Turmeric does cause your teeth to appear yellow, but if you rinse your mouth out properly, it won’t stain. Brush your teeth afterward if you are worried.
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7. Green Tea
Green tea is a fantastic product, and by drinking it daily, you can reverse gum disease, which will stop bleeding gums.
Green tea contains various nutritional properties, one of which is a natural antioxidant that can minimize inflammation in our bodies.
To see any results, you need to drink at least three cups of green tea daily; however, you should maximize your intake to 6 cups a day for the best outcome.
8. Ice Pack
If your gums are bleeding because you sustained an injury, you can stop the bleeding by applying an ice pack or any sort of compress to the outer cheek.
When your body comes into contact with cold temperatures, it reduces the flow of blood, which will stop the bleeding. For the best results, apply the cold compress to the affected area several times a day in sessions of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.
9. Salt Water Rinse
Salt helps our bodies heal, and by making a warm salt water rinse, you can stop bleeding gums. That will flush out some of the bacteria in your mouth.
To make the rinse, you must add a teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water and mix till infused. Next, rinse your mouth out with the mixture and repeat this process for 30 seconds, four times a day.
When Should you See a Doctor?
If you have tried one or more of these methods and see no difference within a week, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. The plaque build-up has likely turned into tartar, and a professional will need to remove it.
If plaque build-up is not the cause, your dentist may take x-rays or perform additional tests to diagnose the problem.
Prevention and Treatment
Nobody wants to deal with painful and bleeding gums. However, there are steps you can take to avoid this situation, which includes:
- Having a good oral hygiene routine
Always ensure that you brush once in the morning and again before going to bed, and floss daily.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly
After extensive use (usually three months), your toothbrush starts to deteriorate and is not as effective.
- Visit your dentist often.
You need to schedule an appointment with your trusted dentist at least once every six months.
- Go for professional cleanings.
Go for a professional cleaning to rid your mouth of stubborn tartar twice a year.
- Schedule an appointment with your GP
Go to your GP often to ensure you don’t have any conditions that lead to gum disease like diabetes.
- Stop smoking
Smoking can affect your immune system and delay the healing process.
- Eat a healthy diet
Include nutritious food into your diet. Eat foods like fresh fruits and veggies, grains, and good fats like avocado and cheese. Avoid foods high in sugar and carbohydrates.
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