Seeing spots of blood on your toothbrush or sink should not be a matter of concern till it becomes a repeat occurrence. Spitting blood is not normal and bleeding gums can often be an indicator of decaying oral health and gum disease. Before you contact your dentist and put a stop to it, know the reasons behind bleeding gums.
1. Smoking can be harmful for oral hygiene
It has been proven that smokers often experience bleeding gums as inhaled smoke leave nagging toxins on the teeth which are difficult to remove. The toxins aggravate oral health and cause bleeding gums. In fact, most smokers have limited immune response to infection and take time to heal properly. Stop smoking now to prevent gum disease.
2. Is it the first stage of gingivitis?
There are different stages of gum disease and gingivitis is the first stage. The build-up of plaque at gumline which cannot be removed by brush or floss breeds bacteria. This in turn affects gums leading to gingivitis. The first few indications of gingivitis are swollen, tender and bleeding gums. You need to contact your dentist immediately when you experience bleeding gums despite of proper brushing and flossing.
3. Time to take care of your diet
A poor diet can lead to gum inflammation. Are you taking enough servings of fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, protein and dairy products daily? A healthy lifestyle not only helps in having a healthy body, but also a healthy mouth. Keep your gums in good shape by balancing the intake of Vitamin C, D and magnesium.
4. Are you stressing yourself too much?
Did you know that anxiety and stress can compromise your immune system making it difficult to keep off gum diseases? Stress leads to inflammation of blood vessels which breaks the soft tissue of the mouth. This prevents the entire healing process; so de-stress and help your immune system to survive.
5. Hormonal changes during pregnancy
Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menstruation can enhance the chances of bleeding gums. A certain percentage of women experience hormonal gingivitis during their monthly cycles. Pregnancy gingivitis happens because of the hormonal changes in the body. Women can experience swollen gums and bleeding during brushing which ends after the pregnancy.
6. Are your medications causing bleeding gums?
Those who take blood-thinning medicines can experience bleeding gums. These medications reduce blood clotting ability leading to bleeding of gums. If you are on certain medications, inform your dentist so that he can prescribe medicines accordingly.
7. Change in the flossing technique
A sudden change or disruption in the flossing technique/routine can lead to bleeding gums. Those who have taken a couple of days off from flossing or have increased the rate per week may see blood on toothbrush. Normally this happens for a couple of times, but if this continues, a dentist should be consulted.
Bleeding gums can be a sign of critical medical conditions:
- Bleeding gums can be an early indication of gingivitis. If you do not stop bleeding gums and resort to gum healing it can result in a more serious periodontal disease. This is a long-term gum condition which damages the bone and tissue.
- Swollen or bleeding gums can be an early indication of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
- Did you know that bleeding gums can be a warning sign for leukemia, a type of cancer?
- Some may experience heavy gum bleeding due to a small cut or during dental work. This may be an indication of Von Willebrand or hemophilia disease.
- When your gums are irritated during brushing, they start bleeding and do not stop on its own; an early warning of thrombocytopenia.
Natural remedies for treating your gums:
If you are experiencing blood in your gums for a prolonged period, consulting a dentist is a must. But there are certain natural remedies which work better than oral disinfectants.
- Lather your mouth with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this process before you visit the dentist.
- Mix a few drops of coconut oil with tea tree oil and massage your gums gently with this mixture. Leave the mixture for about 10 minutes and then rinse your mouth with water.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 2 drops of clove oil and apply the mixture directly to the gums. Repeat the process twice every day.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth 2-3 times daily with this saline solution.
- Dip a tea bag in hot water for about 15 minutes and allow the concoction to cool down. Apply it on the affected gums at least twice a day.
- Add a pinch of cayenne powder on your toothbrush and brush your teeth twice a day with this solution.
Do not ignore sensitive teeth or treat your gum problems casually. Fix an appointment with your dentist at DM Dental today!