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.