Have you ever noticed blood after brushing or flossing your teeth? If so you’re not alone as gum disease effects 50% of adults worldwide. But you should know that healthy gums don’t bleed so if you do see blood when you brush or floss this could be a sign of gum disease.
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
I have suffered from bleeding gums on and off for the last few years. I thought that my daily dental routine was pretty good as I’ve only ever needed a couple of fillings but I didn’t realise that my gums were in a pretty bad way. I also didn’t know that other things could be contributing factors that made the bleeding worse – things, like drinking and smoking and eating an unhealthy diet, can all have an impact on your dental health. I have never smoked and I rarely drink but my diet can be very hit and miss. But, If like me you suffer from bleeding gums by taking into consideration some of the following things you may just see some improvements:
- Eat a Healthier Diet – Improving your diet can help improve your oral health and help stop bleeding gums. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits gives your gums the nutrients they need. If your diet is filled with sugary foods, such as sweets, fizzy pop, refined bread and processed foods your gums aren’t won’t be able to get the nutrition they need to stay healthy.
- Brush Your Teeth Twice A Day – Probably the most important thing you can do for your oral health is to brush your teeth. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly plaque builds up which will cause gum problems that will then put your teeth at risk of becoming damaged. Using a toothpaste like Corsodyl Daily Toothpaste that is specially formulated for plaque removal (the cause of many gum problems) can help improve things dramatically. Corsodyl Daily Toothpaste contains 70% specialised ingredients and contains mineral salt and herbal extracts that give it a unique taste. I didn’t like the taste at first and still don’t particularly like it but I have learnt to deal with it for the sake of my teeth. I have noticed an improvement since first using the toothpaste two weeks ago and will continue to use it a little longer.
- Use Dental Floss and Mouthwash – Along with brushing your teeth, it’s important to use dental floss and mouthwash as part of your daily routine. Some people prefer to floss their teeth before brushing their teeth but I personally prefer to do it afterwards. There is no right or wrong way to floss but you should do it regularly – I try to floss at least once a day. Make sure you read the instructions on your mouthwash as some are best used a little time after brushing to ensure you don’t wash away all the goodness that your toothpaste is providing.
- Stop Smoking – We all know that smoking is terrible for our health. But did you know that along with it increasing your risk of certain cancers and heart disease, smoking can also be a big contributing factor to the development of gum disease? The toxins in tobacco smoke stop your gums from getting the nutrition that they need which can then lead to inflammation.
- No Sharing – Did you know that gum disease and bleeding gums are contagious. If your partner has a lot of bacteria in their mouth, then you could be increasing your risk for gum problems. To stop the spreading of bacteria avoid sharing items that come into contact with another person’s mouth this can be things like toothbrushes (who shares these anyway?) and water glasses.
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly – This is essential, visiting your dentist once every 6 months can put a stop to any problems before they appear. If you are suffering from bleeding gums your dentist can then put a plan into action to treat gum disease before it becomes a major issue.
I’m pleased to say that after taking a few of these steps things have improved and now my gums hardly ever bleed. Do you suffer from bleeding gums, if so what steps have you taken to help combat this?