When you think of the unpleasant things that happen at a dental cleaning, one of the biggest things that comes to mind is bleeding gums. After all the poking and prodding is over there is the inevitable rinse cycle, which for some can look like a bloodbath. These same people might even have the occasional bloody spit after brushing their teeth. This is more common than it needs to be, and can often be fixed by changing a few simple habits in your brushing and flossing.
How to Prevent Bleeding Gums
There are several things you can do to start doing and change today that will make a big difference in the amount of blood you see when brushing.
- Brush in the right direction. when brushing your teeth you should use either an up-and-down motion, or a circular motion. Using a back-and-forth motion, while common, can actually push bacteria around and lodge them in between teeth instead of eliminating the bacteria.
- Don’t brush so hard. Something people get in their head is that the harder you brush something the cleaner it becomes. With teeth you have tools at your disposal, namely toothpaste and a toothbrush, which do the work for you. Don’t worry about brushing so hard when brushing!
- Use the right toothbrush. Soft bristled toothbrushes are the best for brushing teeth generally. Even if you don’t have bleeding gums, think about switching over to a soft bristled brush, it goes a long way in preserving the integrity of your enamel.
- Brush and floss regularly. People say that their dentist harps on them about this every visit, so do we? Of course! At least twice a day you should be brushing your teeth, and once a day you should be flossing. There is no better way to prevent bloody gums than to get in there and clean them regularly. This strengthens them and helps to ward off infection.
Bloody gums are a pain, thankfully you can prevent most of it with the steps above. There is always the chance that your gums are very sensitive, in which case you will want to ask your dentist about the best method. If you don’t have a dentist or are looking for one, head over to our website at http://www.hospitaldentalgroup.com and reach out to us. Our professionally trained doctors can get you the answers or treatment you need when you need it. Thanks for reading!