For the treatment of any condition, we should know the causes which are responsible for it.
Bleeding gums is seen in almost 70-80 % of people. It is one of the common dental issue faced by many people.
Today, in this article I am writing in detail about the bleeding gums.
What are causes, prevention and various treatment options for the bleeding in gums.
Also I am going to mention all the possible home remedies in order to stop bleeding gums.
CAUSES OF BLEEDING GUMS
Improve oral hygiene habits
As I always mention, brush your teeth twice a day (morning and night-after meal), use mouthwash for good oral health. Always check Chlorhexidine mouthwash as it has antiseptic properties and helps fighting bacterias.
Swelling in gums
Swelling in gums is caused due to accumulation of plaque between teeth and gums.Normally, healthy gums are pinkish. When the gums are diseased they become red in color .And, inflammation (swelling) is seen with some or all the gums in the mouth. It eventually leads to bleeding from them.
Brushing too hard
this can cause traumatic injury to the gums.This injury can lead to bleeding. It can happen while brushing and accidentally hitting gums by brush or eating something hard and you may get a minor gum injury.
So, it is recommended to use soft bristle toothbrush and follow proper brushing technique. Ideally, brushing should be done in a circular motion so that all the teeth surfaces are covered, and plaque can be removed from the gums also. You can watch any video foe how to brush properly/ brushing technique.
Always change your toothbrush in every 6 months.
Smoking leads to swelling of the gums. Nicotine present in these products resists the blood flow to gums which is not good for oral health.
Nicotine and tar present in tobacco reduces the blood flow to the gums. As the blood flow decreases, it causes gum issues including bleeding in gums. Sometimes, it may cause infection in cases of excessive smoking and tobacco chewing. This infection leads in pus accumulation in gums which is alarming sogn.
Poor oral hygiene
Poor brushing habits may lead in accumulation of plaque between teeth and gums which results in bleeding. Always brush twice a day. Use mouthwash once/ twice a day for 15-30 days (as prescribed by your doctor).
Improper flossing can cause minor traumatic injury to the gums It causes bleeding in gums. While doing flossing, taking care of technique is very improper in order to avoid any injury to the gums.
Swollen gums during pregnancy
Pregnancy gingivitis is very common. During pregnancy the blood flow to gums is increased due to some hormonal changes which can result in bleeding gums.
Swollen gums can be a warning sign of Type I/Type II diabetes. A person suffering from diabetes is more prone to infections and mouth isn’t powerful in fighting germs.
When you are using non-fitting dentures on a regular basis, it’s edges can cause injury to gums eventually leading in bleeding gums.
It is found that Vitamin C and Vitamin K deficiency can easily cause gums to bleed. Also magnesium and calcium deficiency may play some role. Various blood deficiency disorders may lead to bleeding gums. If bleeding gums don’t get cured within 1-2 weeks, you must consult with doctor.
Blood thinning medication
blood thinning medications like aspirin may reduce the blood clotting time including in gum area.This results increase in gum bleeding at times. Please take advise of your doctor before taking any medication and follow the given prescription.
So, if you are also practicing any of the above mentioned causative factors, try to remove them/ stop the habits of smoking and poor dental hygiene. If it is difficult to stop immediately, try to slowly reduce the habits and then stop. Do not ignore oral health. Do consult your doctor for any advice.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR BLEEDING GUMS
Following are the recommended treatment options for bleeding gums:
Stop smoking and tobacco chewing.
Avoid harsh brushing (improve brushing habits)
Use soft bristle toothbrush and follow proper brushing techniques.
Avoid improper flossing habits
As it causes trauma to the oral tissue which results in bleeding. That’s why it is important to follow proper guidelines for flossing. If you need, you can take advise of your doctor for the same.
Swollen gums during pregnancy usually subside after pregnancy. It generally happens because of the increased blood flow to the gums. But, if there is moderate to severe bleeding consult your dentist.
Include Vitamin C, Vitamin K, magnesium and calcium in your diet.
Following are some foodstuffs rich in these nutrients and Vitamins:
Vitamin C: lemon, oranges, sweet lemon, tamarind, citrus fruits, cranberry etc.
( You can also take Vitamin C supplemental capsules as prescribed by your doctor).
Vitamin K: It is present in green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, lettuce cauliflower, cabbage. Also present in eggs, fish, meat and cereals.
Magnesium rich foods: Spinach, peanuts, almonds, bananas, papayas, kiwi, figs, avocados.
Calcium rich foods: milk and milk products like cheese, panner etc. It is also found in kale, spinach and soya.
Medication causing bleeding gums
Always share what medicines you use with your doctor so that he/she can guide you better. Avoid blood thinning medications if you are having bleeding gum issue. As these medications can increase the amount of bleeding from gums which is not healthy. Aspirin is an example of blood thinning medications. Always mention if you have any allergy for any medication to the doctor.
HOME REMEDIES TO TREAT BLEEDING GUMS
Salt and warm water gargle
Take 2-3 pinch of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle. Salt acts as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent and helps reducing swelling. The frequency of gargle should be once/ twice a day. You should follow this at least for 10-15 days or as recommended by your Doctor.
It includes swishing a specific oil (like clove oil) in mouth for a time period of 10-15 minutes and then spitting it out. Coconut oil is mostly used for oil pulling as it is found to be very effective and is easily available.
Use antibacterial mouthwash as it prevents bleeding by fighting bacterial growth. Chlorhexidine mouthwash is mostly recommended for this purpose. Chlorhexidine has antibacterial and antiseptic properties which helps killing the bacterias present in the oral cavity. Always check for this ingredient in your mouthwash.
Take some raw honey on your fingertip and massage it gently over gum. Keep it for 5-10 minutes. You can then rinse your mouth. It is found to help in reducing the bleeding in gums. You can also drink a tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm water.
Include it in diet. Cranberry is rich in Vitamin C and has sodium and potassium as nutritive ingredients in it. That is why it is recommended to take it for 15-20 days. As it is a juice, you can have it on a regular basis.
It is also found in having antiseptic properties which helps in reducing the swelling.Place a bag of green tea on the affected gum area, if not comfortable, then take some amount of green tea on a daily basis.
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