It’s really not as bad as it seems – or is it? Many people suffer from bleeding gums. But if your gums are bleeding you need to remedy the problem immediately. If not, you can end up with gums that bleed constantly, gums that are swelling, pain, jaw bone disease, periodontal disease, tooth loss, etc.
Bleeding gums are a warning sign of gingivitis and periodontal disease. And believe it or not – this can lead to more severe conditions – increasing the risk of heart disease, pancreatic cancer, and a whole host of other things. How? The bacteria are getting into your bloodstream. Every possible strain of bacteria in your mouth is getting into your blood. And these bacteria grow by the millions (or billions) in just a few hours if left unchecked.
Yes, our mouths produce bacteria 24 hours a day. The germs that are present are “normal” but can easily grow out of control. Add a little sucrose (white sugar) that settles between your gumline and teeth and you have gum bleeding, swollen gums and sensitivity. Now the plaque sets in – on your teeth, between your teeth and normal brushing will not remove it. This forms calculus (calcified plaque) which opens a pocket to your gumline allowing the bacteria to gather and multiply at unbelievable speeds between your teeth and your gums – producing toxins and feeding-frenzy on the soft gum tissue and the bone of the tooth. Now your gums are receding, periodontal disease has set in and eventually your will suffer tooth loss and possible serious medical conditions.
Bleeding gums can be prevented easily with disciplined and proper dental hygiene. A daily routine will maintain healthy gums.
But for some, swollen gums accompanied by a lot of blood loss while eating, brushing or gargling, combined with possible mouth ulcers between the teeth or on the inner areas of the cheeks is not good. This causes pain while eating and possibly even talking. Inner cheeks and tongue may be red, you may drool at night, ulcers, blisters – all caused by poor oral hygiene, poor diet options and indigestion.
See your dentist. Follow his advice and also – there are several things you can do.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day – this is most important. Do not brush fast and do not brush hard. This is a major cause of bleeding gums.
Flossing twice a day will keep plaque from building up on your teeth. And eliminate snacks between meals. If you reduce your carbohydrate intake you will prevent plaque build-up that can also cause bleeding gums.
Gargle with warm water and salt in the morning and after each meal will help. Or you can gargle with warm water and lemon juice (just a few drops). This should be done several times a day. And it will keep your breath clean.
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on your toothpaste before brushing to brush away any ulcers and blood that is lost during the night. And it will whiten your teeth.
You can also drink lemon juice each morning after brushing your teeth. This cures the bleeding and swollen gums and will also help to reduce any weight you have gained.
Use a mouthwash designed for bleeding gums. Any mouthwash that contains peppermint oil, sage oil, myrrh, chamomile, tincture, and Echinacea have potent anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit the growth of microorganisms in the mouth. Alcohol-containing mouthwashes should be avoided – they will only aggravate the problem.
Take some vitamin B supplements and vitamin C tablets. Not only will that help your gums but it will help your body.
Bloodroot is a rare herbaceous plant containing a number of alkaloids that assist in fighting oral bacteria. You may find it in several toothpastes.
If you need to stop the bleeding, apply a clean gauze soaked in ice water and apply a bit of pressure to slow down and stop the bleeding.
You can stop “brushing” your teeth and rinse with salty warm water and floss in place of brushing to prevent the bleeding.
Avoid alcoholic beverages – these can cause dry mouth and bleeding gums. Avoid aspirin – it prevents the blood from clotting. Do not smoke – stay away from all tobacco, cigarettes, chewing tobacco.
Chips, hot drinks, carbonated acid drinks, sticky chocolates, sour foods can cause oral damage. So can painkillers, blood thinners, and unnecessary medications.
An oral irrigation device on a low setting will massage the gums and not aggravate them.
And visit your dentist twice a year.
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