Does your tooth bleed? Many people see blood in their mouth and believe their tooth is bleeding. Rather, it is your gums. Gums bleeding have several causes, including injury.
When your gums start to bleed, it can be a sign that you need to undergo a new dental care routine and you should see your dentist ASAP.
What To Do About Your Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums is usually a sign of gingivitis. The first time you notice it, you may use gauze soaked in warm water if your teeth are sensitive to cold. Remove the excess water before putting it on the bleeding area and don’t press it too hard on your teeth.
If you experience pain associated with the bleeding, you can apply numbing oral gel along the area. Do not use aspirin as it can thin the blood and worsen your gum bleeding.
Another thing that you can do to your bleeding gums is to floss regularly if you are not doing it already. Your gums will likely bleed the first time you floss. Flossing vigorously can also cause your gums to bleed. If you use a new toothbrush with hard bristles, you can expect your gums to bleed or experience minor irritation. Nonetheless, do not stop flossing just because your gums bleed. Both brushing and flossing are vital to achieving optimal oral health. Your gums will stop to bleed within a few days.
Call Your Dentist
If there is swelling or if the bleeding continues after a few days, you should call your dentist and schedule an appointment. As previously noted, bleeding gums is a sign of a gum disease, like gingivitis or periodontitis, that requires your dentist’s attention. These two dental conditions are caused by plaque buildup in between your teeth. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth to find out what is causing the bleeding.
Maintaining A Healthy Diet
Your diet can affect the health of your gums and teeth. As much as possible, avoid eating carbohydrate-rich foods as they can increase your risk of suffering from tooth and gum problems. Sugar can promote plaque formation. Committing to a low-sugar diet can help alleviate your gingivitis or bleeding gums. But you do not need to avoid sugar altogether. You just have to eat sugary foods in moderation. And after eating them, brush your teeth, so the sugar will not stick around in your teeth.
Always consult your dentist if there are changes that you notice in your mouth, gums and teeth.