Whether in the dental chair or at home, most everyone has experienced the dreaded bleeding gums.
You’ve likely had the scenario play out at least once before — brushing or flossing only to notice blood staring back at you. You may have just rinsed and moved on because a little bit of blood doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but we’d tell you to think differently.
Next time you notice even the smallest amount of bleeding when brushing or flossing, take a moment to pause. That bleeding — even minimal amounts — is a sign that your gums have something to say.
Your oral care may need improvement
The saying “less is more,” doesn’t apply when we are talking about your oral care. To actually prevent your gums from bleeding, you’ve got to be diligent about brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. But you can’t just rely on brushing — daily flossing is also needed.
I know what you are likely thinking — you don’t need another dentist lecturing on brushing and flossing habits. I don’t intend to lecture — that’s not my style . I just want you to understand why brushing and flossing are so important. One of the most common causes for bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque around the gumline. When plaque buildup is left untreated it can cause a serious form of gum and jawbone disease known as periodontitis. Do yourself a favor and step up your oral care game. It’s your best shot at avoiding the such serious diseases.
Your toothbrush may need an update
OK. You are already be practicing proper oral care and yet you still have bleeding gums. So, what do you do now? Check your tools.
Your dental health is only as good as the effort you put in and the tools you put in your mouth. While it might seem like a medium or hard bristle toothbrush would clean your teeth best, in reality, it may be causing irritation. That irritation may be showing itself through gum bleeding. Try to not brush too hard, and if that doesn’t work then consider switching to a soft bristle toothbrush.
Your vitamin C or vitamin K may be low
If it’s not your oral care regimen or the toothbrush you are using, it may be a potential vitamin deficiency—specifically vitamin C and K. Check your levels and try adding foods into your diet with high levels of vitamin C and K. That can be anything from leafy green vegetables to orange juice and red peppers.
Remember this: Your gums aren’t just going to bleed for fun. If you are experiencing bleeding, even the smallest amount, it’s a sign of something bigger. Address it now and avoid bigger problems in the future.