Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums can be a sign that have or are at risk for gum disease.

The main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line, this will lead to a condition called gingivitis (inflamed gums).

Other causes of bleeding gums can include:
  • Brushing to hard
  • Pregnancy
  • Dental appliances
  • Improper flossing
  • Vitamin deficiency
Listed below are some home remedies for treating bleeding gums.
  • Mouthwash - Mouthwash helps tighten the gums and helps prevent food particles from getting stuck in between the teeth.
  • Salt water rinse - Mix salt and warm water to create a rise. After brushing, swish this around your mouth and spit it out. This helps reduce swelling and pain.
  • Gum massage - After brushing simply use your index finger and thumb to gently massage the gums.
  • Stay away from tobacco products.
  • Try using a water pik to help clear debris from around the gum line.

If you have bleeding gums, visit your dentist, he is the expert!

The above health material is provided as an information service.  It should not be used for diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your doctor.

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