Bleeding Gums Treatment – Stopping Gum Disease Before Damage Becomes Permanent

Tom broke his wrist and spent a few weeks brushing his teeth only about every other day. Even when his wrist healed, he had bad breath no mouthwash could stop, bleeding gums, and two loose teeth.

Mimi was looking forward to the birth of her first child. With so many trips to the OB-GYN requiring her to take time off from work and needing to save money for when the baby came, she skipped her dental checkup, even when her gums started bleeding. Mimi’s baby was born five weeks premature.

Ahmed lost his job and had to make drastic cuts in his household budget. He tried to save money by using an alcohol-based mouthwash he bought for US $0.99 a bottle at the discount store. But instead of making his breath smell better, it made his breath smell worse, and he kept having a strange, metallic taste in his mouth, which he did not realize was blood.

Bleeding gums are warning signal of serious dental and even whole-body health problems. It’s essential to take care of gum health at the very first sign of bleeding. Here are 10 things everyone needs to know about the why, what, where, when, why, and how of bleeding gums treatment.

  • Bleeding gums are usually caused by the immune system’s response to infection.
  • If you have red, swollen, painful bleeding gums, your immune system is trying to get rid of a buildup of bacteria called plaque. The problem with this reaction is that the inflammation that gets rid of the bacteria can also get rid of healthy gum tissue and loosen your teeth. When you have black spots on your gums, however, the damage is due the bacterium, fungus, or another kind of microorganism known as a spirochete, and treatment is much more urgent.

  • Bleeding gums can be a gateway for infection to enter the rest of your body.
  • Gingivitis (gum disease) in older adults is often followed by damage to a heart valve by the same germs that infect the gums. Gingivitis in pregnant women can set up an immune reaction to the unborn baby that cause premature delivery or even stillbirth.

  • Sometimes bleeding gums are just caused by drying them out.
  • If you have a condition that interferes with salivation like Sj√∂gren’s disease, or if you are taking a medication that causes dry mouth like most of the medications for excessive urination, or if you use an alcohol-based mouthwash to excess, your gums can dry and crack. The cracks offer safe harbor to bacteria that can’t be brushed or flossed out.

  • Bleeding from the gums can also be caused by flossing the wrong way.
  • Don’t use dental floss to dig into the gums to try to get food particles out. Make a U-shaped loop of floss and move it side to side (not up and down) around the tooth to loosen food particles. This gets more food from between your teeth and also protects your gums.

  • Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate (both abbreviated SLS) can irritate the gums and cause bleeding.
  • These detergents appear in toothpaste and mouthwash. Avoid them.

  • Waking up with a bitter or metallic taste in your mouth is a sign you have bleeding gums.
  • Blood leaves a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth. If you notice the change in taste, then look for blood from your gums.

  • Treating bleeding gums requires getting rid of the plaques that keep your immune system working overtime.
  • Sonic systems that you can use at home don’t do the job that a dental hygienist can accomplish with standard tooth cleaning tools. Cleaning your teeth is not a do-it-yourself task.

  • The germs that cause gingivitis feed on sugar.
  • Sticky sweets are the worst for your mouth, because they linger on the gums.

  • The herbal remedy for gingivitis that really works is calendula.
  • calendula

    These flower petals relieve redness, pain, and inflammation, and they also kill a range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. A calendula gel is best.

  • If nothing seems to get your gingivitis under control, try eating smaller meals and sleeping with your bed slanted from higher head to lower foot, with your head higher than your feet.

Strange advice for gum disease? Sometimes the problem really is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), with stomach acid leaking up into your mouth when you are asleep. Another sign of this problem is hoarseness that is worse in the morning that the rest of the day, that comes back when you take a nap. Keeping a check on GERD can save both your gums and the enamel on your teeth.