Bleeding gums can be irritating, worrying and uncomfortable. It is also a condition that is very common and is generally associated with gum disease. In fact, bleeding gums after brushing your teeth or eating something crunchy are one of the early warning signs that you have developed early-stage gum disease. If you notice this symptom, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible for them to diagnose the condition and suggest a treatment plan to strengthen your gum tissue.
Fortunately, there are also some very easy ways in which you can build stronger gum tissue, and if you have developed gum disease, set about reversing it.
Bleeding Gum prevention Tip 1: Brush Twice a Day
Brushing is the most important aspect of maintaining proper oral hygiene and preventing bleeding gums and gum disease. It ensures that bacteria are regularly removed from the mouth before their numbers can multiply and infect gum tissue.
Unfortunately, although most people know that they should be brushing at least twice a day, they fail to do so. It is important to make your oral health a priority and part of your daily routine. It is even better if you can add in using dental floss and a mouthwash twice a day too – as this removes the maximum amount of bacteria from the mouth.
As you brush, use gentle strokes and make sure that you are using a toothbrush with soft bristles; this will help you prevent bleeding gums. Many people damage their sensitive gum tissue by brushing too vigorously or by using inappropriate toothbrushes. If you are unsure of the correct technique to use, you should consult your dentist.
Bleeding Gum prevention Tip 2: Use an Electric Toothbrush
Many dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush that has oscillating heads. Many of these have been shown to remove more bacteria and plaque in each brushing session than a regular, manual toothbrush.
Bleeding Gum prevention Tip 3: Avoid Sugar as Much as Possible
Controlling the amount of sugar that you consume as a part of your diet is a very effective way to protect your teeth and gums. Far too many of us favor sugar laden or highly processed foods over fresh foods that are packed with restorative vitamins and minerals. The bacteria that lead to gum disease love nothing more than sugar, so try to cut it from your diet as much as possible.
If you follow some of these very simple steps, you will be able to easily treat early stage gum disease and prevent bleeding gums and other symptoms of poor oral health. In doing so, you will be able to avoid having to undergo expensive and painful dental procedures.
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