“Seeing red” when brushing and having sensitive gums that bleed can be worrisome and very uncomfortable. We have put together the top 5 ways to treat bleeding gums.
1. Practice good oral hygiene
Bleeding gums can be a sign of poor dental hygiene. Gums become inflamed and bleed when there’s a buildup of plaque along the gum line. Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria that covers your teeth and gums. If you don’t brush or floss enough, the bacteria can spread and cause tooth decay and bad breath.
Plaque and gingivitis can lead to more serious issues like heart disease and gum disease. To improve oral hygiene, brush your teeth at least twice daily with anti-plaque toothpaste (try Coral Nano Silver Toothpaste FREE) and floss once a day. It is important to follow the 2x2 rule - brush for at least 2 minutes 2 times a day.
2. Increase Vitamin C intake
Eating foods rich in vitamin C can strengthen your immune system and help fight off the gum infections that cause bleeding gums. If you don’t enough vitamin C in your diet, it may worsen bleeding if you have gum disease.
As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C strengthens connective tissue and protects the lining of your gums, so you’ll want to be sure you’re getting enough each day. Some foods that are rich in vitamin C include, oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots and red peppers.
3. Rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash
In addition to twice daily brushing and flossing, it is important to swish with antibacterial mouthwash to clean areas that can’t be reached with brushing alone.
Bacteria and inflammation in the mouth causes gum disease, regularly rinsing your mouth with a chemical free mouthwash, (try our Coral Nano mouthwash for FREE), can also reduce bacteria and help reduce gum bleeding. Rinsing with mouthwash as part of your daily oral care regimen also reduces canker sore irritation and cavities.
4. Improve brushing techniques
It is important to use the correct type of bristle when brushing. For example, a too firm-bristled toothbrush can be damaging to the gums when pressure is applied during toothbrushing. Instead, choose a soft-bristled brush, such as bamboo toothbrush. Brush gently, using short circular strokes, to effectively brush the teeth and gum line.
Keys to remember when brushing:
* Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
* Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes
* Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth
*To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.