If you are experiencing bleeding every time you brush your teeth, you need to know whether is it normal and if not, how to stop bleeding in the gums.
While there is no immediate reason to panic, at the end of this post, you will know how to stop bleeding in the gums.
Let’s dive in.
What Causes Gums to Bleed?
Many reasons cause our gums to bleed. The main culprit for gum bleeding is none other than plaque.
This is a sticky substance that is formed when food interacts with our saliva. Bacteria start to grow along the gum line. Within hours of build-up, plaque can still be easily removed by brushing.
However, as the layers of plaque increase, tartar which is yellowish and brownish, will be formed.
This can also lead to gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. You may require treatment and improved oral hygiene to help eliminate it.
If left untreated, bleeding gums and gingivitis can lead to a more serious form of gum disease called periodonitis.
Main Reasons for Gum Bleeding
Brushing too hard or not often enough
Inadequate brushing causes the build-up of plaque faster and that can lead to bleeding. If you brush too hard, your toothbrush may hit your gums too hard and injure your tissues in your gums, causing them to bleed.
Using dental floss in a harsh manner
If you use floss for the first time, you may be anxious to get the floss into the tight spaces between your teeth. Instead of being gentle when pushing down the edges of teeth. The floss cuts into the soft gums and causes bleeding. Many people reported bleeding of gums upon initial use of dental floss due to inflammation. It is still advised to continue and a few weeks later, the bleeding will stop.
How You Can Stop Gums from Bleeding
Everyone gets bleeding gums every once in a while and there is really not a major concern. Most of the times, they are just consequences of poor oral habits. However, it is very easy to stop gums from bleeding when it happens. These include
- Using a soft gauze. You can use a soft gauze and press firmly on to the bleeding gums. The gauze will be able to gently stop the bleeding.
- Using an ice pack. If your bleeding is due to swelling and injury, and bleeding more than usual, you can try putting an ice pack. This will contract the blood vessels and stop the bleeding.
- Using mouthwash. Be sure to include mouthwash in your oral routine. Mouthwashes help to reduce bacteria in the mouth and therefore reduce swelling associated with bleeding gums.
They clean areas like in-between our teeth and on the surface of our teeth in between brushing. On top of all that, it can also help to freshen our breath by killing the bacteria associated with bad breath (halitosis).
It’s important that when considering a mouthwash we choose one containing fluoride to help give our teeth that extra protection throughout the day.
- Using a salt solution. It is easy to make a simple salt solution by mixing half a teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water. The salt can reduce inflammation and help to reduce the bleeding. Repeat up to 3 times a day. To get the most out of your saltwater solution, you can add two other ingredients: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. They help destroy the bacteria and clean the area.
- Stop smoking. Smoking has been linked to gum disease and bad breath, in addition to lung and heart diseases. The tobacco inside the cigarettes can cause harm to your gums by destroying the nutrients that it needs.
- Reduce Stress. Too much stress is detrimental to your body including your oral health. It reduces your immunity and increases episodes of inflammation in your gums.
When you are stressed, you are likely to neglect your diet and end up snacking on unhealthy foods, and you may not take good care of your health and daily oral habits may slip.
- Stop sharing items such as toothbrushes and cups. This is because unknown to most of us, gum bleeding and gum diseases are contagious, so we need to be mindful of our personal hygiene.
- Honey. Take some raw honey on your fingertips and massage on your gums gently. Honey contains soothing properties that can be beneficial to your gums.
How to Brush Your Teeth so that Your Gums will not Bleed
If your bleeding is due to brushing too hard, you can follow the below methods to prevent bleeding of gums.
- Use a soft toothbrush. The objective is to make the soft bristles not irritate the gums and causing them to bleed. Therefore, a toothbrush with soft bristles will clean gently.
- Eating a well-balanced diet. As with all good diet advice, avoid processed food and high sugar content foods. They cause a lot of bacteria and chemicals to be retained in the mouth after eating. Instead, go for healthier options like green vegetables and eat healthy snacks instead like carrots.
I have enclosed to video to summarise how to stop bleeding in the gums.
What Can You Use To Stop Your Gums From Bleeding
Use a Suitable Toothpaste
As long as your toothpaste has a suitable level of fluoride, you can continue to use to brush twice a day.
Use Soft Toothbrushes
Soft toothbrushes with soft bristles will gently remove plaque on the surfaces of your teeth without harming your delicate gums.
Toothbrushes usually are labeled as soft, medium and hard.
It is also important to use the correct technique of brushing without injuring the gums, and I have been practicing the Bass Toothbrushing technique for few years since I bought the Orawellness Bass Toothbrush.
Consider Essential Oils
You could also explore additional products like essential oils. There have been a lot of additions in the market and one highly popular ingredient, calendula, commonly known as marigold, has been used to treat sore gums, and that it may be helpful in fighting plaque and gingivitis.
A good blend of organic Essential Oils that I use is the Orawellness Healthy Mouth Blend.
Tried Coconut Oil Pulling?
Have you heard about Coconut Oil Pulling? It is a habit of swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth from 5 to 20 minutes to pull out the bacteria in the mouth.
This tradition started in India and has the potential to help bleeding gums heal naturally. Other benefits of using Coconut oil for the mouth include whitening your teeth, treating tooth decay, reduce bad breath, and prevent cavities.
When is Gum Bleeding serious?
Gum bleeding, besides being a sign of early gingivitis, also can be caused by more serious health conditions such as bleeding disorders, hormonal changes or the use of blood thinner medications. Such medical conditions should be investigated with your family doctor or dentist.
A good idea is to create a healthy dental system that consists of the following practices. They are
- Having a good dental routine
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Use a good fluoride-based toothpaste
- Use a mouthwash
- Floss daily
- Stop smoking
- Have a healthy diet
- Consider learning the art of coconut oil pulling
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Let me know if you were troubled with bleeding gums and how did you overcome it?