Tips on Caring for Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed? If so, you shouldn’t ignore it. Typically, it’s a sign that your oral hygiene is a little on the poor side, meaning you probably don’t floss enough (or you don’t floss properly) or you probably don’t attend your checkup appointments as much as you should. It’s important to care for your gums regularly so you don’t fall victim to gum disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, encourages you to do the following things:

-Brush regularly: Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing under or over two minutes can harm your gums. Also, don’t brush too hard. Brushing too hard can irritate the gums. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you scrub.

-Floss regularly: Floss at least once a day and make sure to floss every crevice of the smile as well as along the gumline. This is a very important task because it removes the plaque from the smile. Plaque is a substance that commonly causes bleeding gums and gum disease.

-Attend your checkups: It’s vital to visit our office for a routine dental cleaning and exam appointment every six months. This is because the cleaning treatment provided removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline and saves your smile.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to care for bleeding gums in Modesto, California, please contact Gill Family Dentistry today at (209) 549-1721. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!

 

There Is Help for Bleeding Gums

At Gill Family Dentistry, Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team want you to know how important oral care is for your gum health. Because your gums support your pearly whites, you will want to keep them in tip-top shape! Following are some tips we would like to share with you if you are experiencing bleeding gums:

– Limit your consumption of sugar and sugary drinks, and increase your intake of vegetables. When you do eat sugar, rinse well with water afterwards and brush your teeth to limit the exposure to teeth.

– Certain medications, such as blood thinners, can cause bleeding of the gums or interfere with saliva flow by causing dry mouth, a condition which allows oral bacteria to thrive. Your doctor may be able to switch medications or alter the dosage to help you.

– If you smoke, the toxins can actually interfere with your gum’s ability to receive nutrients and can cause inflammation. As the gums bleed, harmful bacteria which live along the gumline can enter the bloodstream via the ulcers in the gums and travel to your organs to cause inflammation.

– Bleeding gums are actually contagious by spreading harmful amounts of bacteria. If you or your partner has a lot of oral bacteria, avoid sharing drinks, keep your toothbrushes from touching, and be aware that kissing will spread the bacteria and make you more susceptible to bleeding gums.

– It is so important to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Using an electric toothbrush can massage the gums which increases nutrient absorption into the gums by stimulating blood flow.

– Floss at least once each day to remove dental plaque, a biofilm made of bacteria and waste products. If you have difficulty flossing, a water flosser may be a good investment to remove bacteria between the teeth.

– Keep up with professional dental cleanings to remove tartar (hardened plaque). Dr. Amandeep Gill may recommend more frequent dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to help alleviate bleeding gums.

At Gill Family Dentistry, we can diagnose and treat gum disease before it becomes a serious problem. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California at (209) 549-1721 today. We are excited to help you achieve a healthy smile!