Dental Problems

How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

One day you will be brushing your teeth just like any other day and when you spit in the sink you notice some blood.  That can be frightening because blood means that there is something wrong.  Before you jump to the worst possible conclusion that you have gum disease, you first want to make an appointment with your dentist.  There are some things that you can do at home in the meantime.  Here is how to stop your bleeding gums.

Watch How You Floss

Do you floss regularly?  Are you getting the floss between each tooth or just in the front where you can reach?  For many adults they ignore flossing altogether or just floss once in a while.  If you start flossing regularly your gums may start bleeding, however the flossing may stop after a couple of days.

Don’t Brush too Hard

Brushing your teeth harder or faster won’t actually make them any cleaner.  Not only that you are doing more harm than good and you can harm your gums making them susceptible to infection and gum disease.  Brushing too hard can damage the delicate tissues of your gums and that will cause them to bleed.  Rather than brushing so hard, brush in gentle circular motions you don’t need to put too much pressure on your gums.

Beware of What You Eat

Oral hygiene is important but it is not the only thing you need to be careful with you also need to watch what you eat.  Too much sugar, too many starches can damage your teeth not to mention your waistline.  These types of sugars cause plaque buildup and that makes your gum tissue weaker and open to gum disease.

Get a New Toothbrush

Good oral hygiene is important but you also need the right tools to get the job done and that means you need the right toothbrush.  An electric toothbrush is best but they can be pricey, in the meantime you can get a soft bristled brush and make sure you change it at least every three months.  You will also need floss, a good fluoride toothpaste and some antibacterial mouthwash.  Toothbrushes that are more than three months old are full of bacteria and it is time to throw it out.

A good fluoride toothpaste will help keep your enamel strong and fight off cavities.  Flossing regularly is also a must, regular flossing gets rid of bacteria and debris than get stuck between teeth.  Mouthwash can help get rid of any bacteria that was left behind after you finish brushing and flossing.  If after all of this you still have bleeding gums then you need to make an appointment with your dentist and get the problem dealt with.  Ideally you want to prevent gum disease before it starts.

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Dental Problems

Common Causes of Dental Problems

Common Causes of Dental Problems

Since you were a child visiting the dentist you have heard about cavities and gum disease, in fact you have probably had a filling or two yourself.  As an adult your dentist has probably also mentioned things like gingivitis, those are some of the most common issues patients here about who regularly visit the dentist.  The food and drink you consume along with your habits like smoking can all affect your oral health.  Let’s look at some of the common causes of dental problems and what can happen.

Some of the more common dental problems that you can experience throughout your life are:

  • Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Bad breath
  • Canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Toothaches and pain in your jaw

Here is what these problems look like

Causes of Dental Issues

There are plenty of reasons for dental issues, including accidents, other medical issues and genetics.  However the most common reason for dental decay is poor hygiene and not seeing a dentist regularly.

Poor Dental Hygiene: Dental problems are often brought about by the routines you have for brushing and flossing at home.  Not brushing and flossing consistently can leave behind food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease.  Gum disease in particular can cause bone loss, bad breath and your teeth can fall out.

Trauma:  Trauma can happen at any age and often it is a sports related injury which is why so many sports require players to wear mouth guards.  When you get hit in the mouth and damage your teeth or gums it can weaken the tissue and make you more susceptible to tooth decay and lost teeth.  Common accidents are chipping, cracking or breaking a tooth.  If this happens to you then you need to see your dentist or the emergency room right away.

Pre-existing Health Conditions:  There are some health conditions like diabetes or HIV that can increase your chances of infection and disease.  There are other conditions that require long term use of antibiotics that can affect the condition of your teeth.  If you have TMJ or bruxism or other problems with your mouth they can also cause tooth decay.

There are lots of causes of dental issues, but you can deal with them or reduce them by having good brushing habits and seeing your dentist regularly.  You may have to visit the dentist a bit more regularly if you suffer from gum disease, prevention is much better than spending thousands on dental procedures like crowns and root canals.

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