How To Stop Gums From Bleeding
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How To Stop Gums Bleeding After Brushing

Occasionally when I brush my teeth, my gums bleed slightly. Once they start to bleed after being brushed, the only way to stop it from happening again is to do the following:

  1. Give your teeth a good flossing – I don’t routinely floss my teeth as I find it a ballache. I’m sure if I did it regularly, my teeth would probably never bleed.

    When I do floss, It can get quite bloody and painful. 

    I prefer floss sticks because I find them easier to use than traditional dental floss.

  2. Thoroughly rinse with warm salty water – After I’ve flossed in between all my teeth, I thoroughly rinse, using warm salty water. I used to rinse using mouthwash, but the dentist said that salty water is a better option.

  3. Gently brush teeth – Once I’ve flossed and rinsed my mouth, I give my teeth a gentle brush with a medium-hard manual toothbrush

Usually, it only takes one session of doing the above 3 steps and my gums stop bleeding when brushed. If they still bleed, I repeat the 3 steps again 24 hours later. 

I’ve asked my dentist why my teeth sometimes bleed after brushing, he gave a load of different reasons that cause bleeding gums, brushing too hard, bacteria etc. He didn’t think that I had anything to worry about and just suggested that I floss regularly…….standard

If your teeth regularly bleed after brushing, you should probably book yourself in for a checkup with your dentist.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

If you do find your gums bleed on a regular basis, it is best to try and understand what is causing the problem. Below are some common reasons why gums bleed:

  1. Poor oral hygiene: If you’re not regularly brushing and flossing your teeth properly, plaque will build up, causing gums to bleed.

  2. Avoid tobacco: Smoking and using other tobacco products can worsen gum bleeding and delay healing.

  3. Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, can help support gum health. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which can contribute to gum inflammation.

  4. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help keep your mouth moist and wash away food particles and bacteria.

  5. Manage stress: Stress can weaken the immune system and contribute to gum problems. 

The NHS website has some good information about gum disease.



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