Bleeding gums can be caused for many reasons, and how you treat them will depend on the cause.
Gingivitis, gum disease, or aggressive tooth brushing are a few reasons why gums might bleed. Learn about common causes of bleeding gums and how you can treat them.
The first way to fix and prevent bleeding gums is to practice good oral hygiene. This means your child should brush his or her teeth twice a day, floss every day, and avoid sugary foods and drinks.
Wondering exactly how to brush properly in order to avoid inflamed, swollen and bleeding gums? Here are some helpful tips.
Many people experience bleeding gums when they floss or brush their teeth too hard. They may think brushing very hard removes more plaque, but in reality, they could be doing damage to delicate gum tissue.
If bacteria is not removed by flossing and brushing, it turns into a hard, sticky substance called plaque. The plaque can form tartar, and both can cause inflammation and swelling.
Luckily, gingivitis is preventable and reversible. Daily flossing and brushing combined with regular trips to the dentist can help gums heal and stop bleeding.
Sometimes, certain medications like blood thinners can cause gums to bleed easily. Stress can also cause inflammation, as well as smoking cigarettes and sharing cups or utensils containing bacteria from someone else’s mouth.
If you are concerned your child has bleeding gums, make an appointment at your local Kool Smiles office or give us a call.
With over 120 locations in the United States, we an help you determine what is making your child’s gums bleed and help you stop the problem.
Medline Plus: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003062.htm
Mouth Healthy: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/Topics/GumDiseases/PeriodontalGumDisease.htm#whatCauses
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