Lining the mouth, gums serve more than as a placeholder for teeth. Structured to adhere closely to teeth, gums also protect the underlying bone by repelling external organisms from seeping into the roots or the jaw bones. Healthy gums are pink and firm while unhealthy gums will appear red, swollen, and pull away from teeth. Through age, bad practices, or disease, gums can weaken and cause teeth to fall out.
Bleeding is a tell-tale sign of damaged/weakened gums. Caused by improper brushing or by gum disease, if not addressed early and properly, injured and bleeding gums will lead to infection and other oral health problems.
There are a number of methods to treating and managing bleeding gums as well. While for children, the main culprit may be hard toothbrush bristles or heavy pressure when brushing. The obvious solution then is to switch to softer toothbrushes and to teach kids to brush correctly.
For adults, particularly for chronic bleeding gums, the reason maybe more complex as it may be related to disease. To get a clearer picture, the best advice is to visit the dentist and get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
However, if you have healthy gums and wish to keep it that way, here’s our advice:
A. Practice good oral health care. We cannot emphasize that enough. This includes proper brushing and flossing. Also check if the bristles of your toothbrush are not too hard on your teeth and gums.
For more details on maintaining good oral health, check our previous post here.
B. Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. If you wish to avoid manufactured/processed mouthwashes, create your own with a mixture of peppermint oil, clove oil or even salt. The properties of the herbs/spices will help ease the bleeding and the swelling.
C. Supplement with vitamin C. Of course, vitamin C is known for staving off colds but it also helps repair tissues and slows down the aging process.
D. Keep a healthy diet.
E. Finally, remember to visit the dentist regularly. A check-up every six months will help maintain good oral health and detect potential problems.
If you are currently dealing with chronic bleeding gums, visit our clinic and our staff will be happy to assist you. Call us at +632.7278665 for more details.