Many people think that bleeding gums is something that just happens when you brush or floss your teeth. The truth is, bleeding gums is not normal. While it can be attributed to brushing or flossing to hard, it is most often an early warning sign of gum disease. If not treated, gum disease only gets worse, and can eventually lead to tooth loss. Rinsing your mouth out can help to reverse it.
Salt Water Rinse
One way you can help your gums to heal is by rinsing with a salt water solution. Dissolve ½ to one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. This solution helps to soothe irritated gum tissue as well as draw out infection, allowing your gums to heal. Alternately, you can use a mixture of equal parts of water and a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide.
An antibacterial mouthwash is specifically designed to kill the gum disease causing bacteria in your mouth. However, not all antibacterial mouthwashes are created equally. Some mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can actually exacerbate the situation. Alcohol irritates the gum tissue further. Alcohol also has a drying effect on the mouth. When your mouth is dry, it does not have sufficient saliva to naturally kill harmful oral bacteria. As a result, your mouth becomes the perfect host environment for bacteria and it multiplies quickly, which can then progress your gum disease.
Amp Up Your Oral Care
Mouthwash is not the only thing that can help your gums to heal when they start to bleed. Your entire oral hygiene routine is important. Brushing at least twice a day with a soft bristled brush along with flossing daily will help to remove plaque buildup on your teeth, and relieve the irritation of your gums. Along with your oral care at home, visiting your dentist regularly can help to spot problems early and take action.
If your gums start to bleed, it’s a sign that your mouth needs attention. Make an appointment with your dentist to learn more. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today.