How to Get My Gums to Stop Bleeding
Swollen, bleeding gums are not just a hassle, they can be an actual pain – as well as a sign of a developing oral problem. Because gums that bleed could be experiencing the beginning stages of gum disease or signaling a vitamin deficiency or other health issue, it is very important to pay attention to your body and make an appointment to be seen by your dentist. She or he will be able to determine if there is an issue that requires medical or dental intervention.
In the meantime, though, there are some things that you can do at home to both sooth your tender gums and, in some cases prevent further symptoms.
To Promote Gum Health, DO:
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush, flossing at least once, and ensuring bi-annual visits to your dentist’s office for a check-up and a thorough cleaning. These simple steps can work wonders in terms of warding off gum disease (and cavities, too!).
- Ensure that you’re getting proper nutrition, including a healthy daily dose of Vitamins C and K. These key vitamins can be consumed via fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens. To ensure you’re getting enough of these vitamins, you might also consider taking a daily multivitamin. Whatever works for you, don’t skimp on your vitamins – they are important for your overall health while also promoting healthier and more resilient gums.
- Rinse with salt water or hydrogen peroxide twice daily. This can lower levels of inflammation in your gums while also removing harmful bacteria. While this does not replace the biannual deep cleaning of your teeth that is performed in your dentist’s office, it can help reduce some swelling and bleeding of irritated gums in the short term.
- If your gums are painful, you can apply a cold compress either directly on the gumline or on the outside of the jaw. Don’t leave the compress on too long; a general rule of thumb is to remove a cold compress after 15 or 20 minutes.
To Keep Your Gums Healthy, DO NOT:
- Smoke, vape, or chew tobacco or other nicotine products. Not only is smoking a major contributor to a number of deadly diseases, including cancer and heart disease, it is also a leading cause of gum disease in the United States. If you smoke, please quit. Not just for your gums, but to avoid all of the complications that smoking can cause to your health.
- Skip visits to the dentist. While sitting in the dentist’s chair is not everyone’s favorite activity, a lot of preventative care and treatment happen in that short biannual visit, even if you are not aware that these things are happening. By keeping up with these regular visits, you are doing important work in keeping your gums and teeth healthy and happy.
If your gums continue to be sore and irritated after a week, be sure to see a doctor or dentist for evaluation and potential treatment.