Noticing a bit of pink when you spit out your toothpaste might not be alarming, but should not be ignored. When you are brushing your teeth, the smallest amount of blood might not seem like a big deal, however, if your gums bleed consistently, it might be a sign of one or many oral issues – some temporary and some of more concern. Here are a few tips that you can use if you notice some bleeding:
Improve on your oral care routines
The primary cause of gum bleeding can be attributed to plaque build-up along the gum line. When plaque is not removed, it hardens, turning into tartar – a calcified material that plaque adheres to – which irritates the gums and causes gum bleeding or the progression of more advanced forms of gum disease.
The best way to reduce plaque is by brushing your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and seeing your dentist on a regular basis.
Evaluate your toothbrush
If you maintain a good oral health regime, and your gums are still bleeding, it could be that your toothbrush is what’s causing your gums to bleed. Medium or firm bristles clean your teeth and gums deep and thoroughly, while harder bristles just cause irritations, which in turn caused bleeding gums. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles that cleans your teeth and gums without irritation.
In some cases, it might not be your toothbrush that is causing the problem, but the way that you are using it. Read our blog on Good Oral Hygiene Techniques that will give you tips on how to ensure that you are brushing correctly.
Maintain a healthy diet
What and when you eat plays a part in protecting or irritating your gums. Food that contains high amounts of sugar can increase your risk of tooth and gum problems, as sugar creates an ideal breeding ground for plaque bacteria.
Committing to a diet that is low in sugar can significantly reduce your chances of tooth and gum problems. This doesn’t mean that you have to cut sweets out of your life entirely, it only means that you should consume sweets in moderation, and brush your teeth after each snack to prevent the sugar from sticking to your teeth.
Visit your dentist
If improving your oral care habits and maintaining a healthy diet does not stop your gums from bleeding, your next step should be to make an appointment with a dentist who will examine your teeth and gums. Contact a Dentist in Cape Town now.