If you’re brushing your teeth one day and notice a little pink as you spit, or if your gums bleed when flossing you might wonder why it happened. Anytime it happens on a regular basis you may need to investigate further as there are a few things that could be the cause. Gingivitis, a change in your oral care or even a side effect of pregnancy could result in bleeding gums. Below is a list of a few things if you notice your gums bleeding consistently.
Step Up Your Oral Care
A buildup of plaque is the number one cause of bleeding gums, failing to remove plaque in a timely manner allows it to harden into tartar, a calcified material that plaque adheres to and can continue to irritate the gums. The result is bleeding gums and can progress to more serious gum disease so brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Also don’t forget to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Take a Look At Your Tools
You’re brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and scheduling those semi annual dental checkups and still experiencing bleeding gums then your oral care tools may be to blame. A toothbrush with soft bristles is sufficient to clean your teeth and gums without irritating your gums. Even the way you use your tools could result in bleeding gums so review your brushing and flossing techniques.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is important to ensure good oral health, what you eat and when you eat it, too much sugar and carbohydrates increase the risk of plaque formation. While no expects you to completely avoid sugary snacks aim for a diet rich in nutrients like those found in vegetables. If you do consume sugary treats try to brush as soon as possible afterwards.
Consider Your Medicine
It’s possible medication your doctor prescribed could be the cause of your bleeding gums so consult with your doctor and inquire about switching to stop the problem. Over the counter pain relievers like aspirin thin the blood are another thing that could be the culprit.
See Your Dentist
When the above steps don’t stop the bleeding it’s time to visit your Surrey dentist for a thorough exam and possibly x rays. Your dentist can then prescribe a course of treatment, even possible surgery to resolve the issue. In Surrey BC contact our office at Proactive Dental Studio when it’s time to schedule your next check up.