If your gums bleed, it may be a sign that you have gum disease. You should not chalk it off as not being important, as you need to find out the underlying reason for the bleeding. Therefore, one of the first things you need to do is to contact us to schedule a consultation and an exam.
What You Should Do While Waiting to See Us
Once you set an appointment to have your gums and teeth checked, make a conscientious effort, if you have not done so in the past, to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. If you have been following this routine, you might be brushing too hard or with the wrong toothbrush. Make sure the head of your toothbrush is made of soft bristles. It may also help to rinse with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, it has been found, reduces problems with bleeding when used as a rinse. Bleeding gums can also result from added stress. Often, when people are suffering from too much stress, they do not practice regular dental care like they should. Stress also breaks down the body's defenses against disease and infection. Therefore, it helps to find out what is causing your stress and see what you can do about coping. In some instances, you may not be getting enough vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts immune system functioning and reduces the risk of gum disease.
What Else Can I Do?
Another vitamin you may be missing in your diet that can lead to bleeding gums is vitamin K. You can get this vitamin when you eat certain greens, such as spinach, collard greens, mustard greens and kale. It also helps to rinse with a saltwater rinse. Add a half-teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth for a few seconds 3 or 4 times each day. If the bleeding is from an injury, rinsing with the rinse will keep the mouth clean and clear of bacteria.
Never hesitate to call us if your gums start bleeding. Bleeding is not normal. Therefore, having them checked is important to learn the cause of the problem. Contact us for a periodontal exam and consultation today.