January 3, 2018
It’s a Friday night and you’ve got tickets to watch the Celtics play at the TD Gardens. But as you prepare for an exciting night of parquet magic displayed by Kyrie Irving and the gang, you notice some blood in the sink and gum tenderness while brushing your teeth, which alarms you. You want to make sure that there’s nothing going on that you should be worried about. Your dentist recommends that you schedule a visit as soon as possible to be examined. Meanwhile, read on to learn what may be causing this problem and what you can do at home to address it.
What Makes Gums Bleed?
There are several factors that can contribute to your bleeding gums. Here are a few of them:
- Poor Oral Hygiene – If you have red, puffy, swollen or bleeding gums, it could be from inadequate oral hygiene. That means that the recommended frequency of brushing and flossing at least twice a day is not being met.
- Diet – If you have a diet that consists of a lot of processed foods that are high in sugar, you will have greater bacteria growth. These critters will aggressively cling to your teeth and gums and cause havoc.
- Pregnancy – Nearly 50% of pregnant women in the United States suffer from gingivitis and gum disease by the second trimester because their bodies are designed to provide the gestating baby with the nutrients that it needs first. This can lead to oral maladies, as the mother can be left with deficiencies.
- Family History of Gum Disease – If you have a history of gum disease in your family, you are even more susceptible to developing it yourself. The bleeding could be an indicator that it has manifested in you.
- Smoking – Smoking creates a toxic environment in your mouth, weakens the gum tissues and causes discoloration, swelling and bleeding.
What You Can Do About the Bleeding
The first thing you should do about your bleeding gums is schedule an appointment with your dentist to eliminate the guessing. Meanwhile, there are changes that you can make in your daily practices:
- Improved Oral Hygiene – As mentioned earlier, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day to remove bacteria and leftover food particles.
- Better Eating Habits – A diet that is higher in fruits, vegetables and other natural foods will help to change the environment inside your mouth, raising the pH level and aiding in the efficient digestion your food.
- Supplementation – If you’re a pregnant mother, it’s very important to begin supplementing with a prenatal vitamin to fortify your system.
- Habit Changes – If you have habits (like smoking and chewing tobacco) that are harmful to your health, reach out for help so that you can eventually stop. Some of the options are therapy, meditation and adopting a new fitness regimen.
One of the greatest advantages you have, is the expert advice of your dentist. Reach out to him to get the guidance and care that will not only correct your bleeding gums but will also provide a means to prevent such issues in the future.
About the Author
Scott T. Hornung received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He would later go on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University Dental School. He practices at Wilmington Family Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.
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