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Bleeding gums can be very annoying. Bleeding gums usually make it harder to floss or brush. Sometimes bleeding gums also hurt. Healthy gums have a nice pink colour and do not bleed. Inflamed gums can bleed from even a small touch. This bleeding is caused by bacteria, plaque and tartar which are found between the gums and cause infection. These bacteria are created by plaque and leftover food particles. Fortunately, you can stop bleeding gums.
There are several ways to stop bleeding gums. Initially, inflamed gums do not set in right away. This stage is called “gingivitis”. If bleeding gums persist, the dental necks may become exposed and you may even start losing your teeth. This gum inflammation is a lot worse and is called “periodontitis”. How to prevent bleeding gums? You can read about that too in this article.
What stops bleeding gums? There are some ways to stop bleeding. It is important to take good care of your teeth daily to prevent bleeding gums. The red colour of the gums will then slowly recede on its own and the bleeding will eventually stop too. Some tips are described below.
Brush every day and preferably twice in a day. It is best to brush your teeth in the morning and evening. If you stop brushing, the inflammation will only get worse. So don’t shy away from bleeding gums and make sure your oral flora is fresh every day. By brushing, you remove bad bacteria and acids that affect your teeth. It is wise to put the toothbrush at 45 degrees to your gums. To clean your teeth properly, you need to brush each tooth for a few seconds. So you also brush the gums with it.
Do not press the toothbrush too hard on the gums. This will cause the gums to bleed faster. If you want to brush faster and brush well, it is best to choose a good electric toothbrush. Replace the brush heads once every 90 days. Choose a toothbrush with a high rotation speed and a timer. When you have brushed a quadrant, the timer will signal you to switch mouth corners. It is important to brush each quadrant for the same amount of time. Brush for at least 30 seconds per quadrant. Some toothbrushes keep track of each brushing. These can be connected to the smartphone app, via bluetooth. You then have an insight into your brushing behaviour every day.
Brush with attention and brush for at least two minutes. If you don’t pay attention, you risk skipping teeth. All the plaque left behind will accumulate and cause cavities and gum disease. So it is necessary to put your full focus on brushing your teeth.
Brushing alone, unfortunately, is not enough. This is because food particles also get between your teeth. Some people have more space between their teeth than others. Flesh and flakes usually cannot be removed with a toothbrush alone. However, by using a flosser, rager or toothpick, you can easily remove these food particles. If necessary, floss after every meal. Food particles will then have less chance to decay and cause dental problems.
Floss is quite soft and painless. You cut a piece of thread and stretch it between your teeth. You tighten the thread, between two hands. Use your thumb and forefinger to pull the floss tight. Then move the floss back and forth between your teeth. Pass the floss through your entire set of teeth. You can bend the thread slightly around your teeth and start rubbing along your teeth. Look in the shop for suitable floss.
Flossing with a water flosser
An oral irrigator is a painless device for flossing. It is also called a “water flosser”. You remove food particles with a squirting jet of water along your teeth. With this water jet, you can also get between your teeth. You can usually set the pressure capacity yourself on a water flosser. A water flosser prevents your gums from bleeding. It is therefore ideal for use when your gums are bleeding. There are different types of water flossers for sale. Choose a good brand and look in the shop for a suitable water flosser.
Use a brush
A brush easily removes dirt between your teeth. Brushes can be bought in different sizes, from thick to thin. The less space you have between your teeth, the thinner the brush should be. The bristles pick up all the dirt. You can also use the brushes with some toothpaste, for extra freshness. Would you also like to be able to floss gently? Then take a look at the range of brushes and choose the right size.
Use a toothpick to floss with
A toothpick pricks away all the food particles between the crevices of your teeth. Toothpicks are sturdy and do not bend. They are usually made of wood. So, with a toothpick, you effectively remove food particles and bacteria. However, by using toothpicks, your gums may bleed extra. However, if you floss daily, you will see that the bleeding eventually stops.
Of course, a periodic check-up at the dentist should not be missed. The dentist and the dental hygienist can give advice, how to prevent and treat bleeding gums. So also make an appointment with the dental hygienist at least twice a year.
Frequently asked questions
How to stop gum bleeding immediately?
This can only be done by brushing your teeth daily, at least twice a day. You should also floss well after every brushing. So also before going to bed. The gums will then calm down within a few days. Use a soft brush that does not brush too hard. Don't press too hard on your gums while brushing.
How do I prevent my gums from bleeding?
Clean your teeth every day and do it properly. The dental hygienist can give good advice. You should brush and floss several times a day. Do this at least twice a day. If necessary, use mouthwash or saline solution as a supplement. Focus on brushing your teeth and do this for at least two minutes. Buy good products, which can clean teeth effectively. Furthermore, visit the dentist and dental hygienist several times a year.
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