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At Smiley Dental Hampton, the dental practice of Dr. Lynh Pham and Associates, we want our patients to know how important healthy gums are to a confident smile. Since the gums do the work of supporting your pearly whites, and you will want to keep them in tip-top shape. So, what should you do if your gums are bleeding?

Healthy diet

Limit sugar and increase your intake of vegetables. If you do eat sugar, try to brush your teeth soon after to limit the exposure to your pearly whites.

Change Medications

Certain medications, such as blood thinners, can cause bleeding of the gums. Your doctor may switch medications or alter the dosage to help you. Certain medications can also interfere with saliva flow and cause dry mouth which allows bacteria to thrive.

Smoking Cessation

If you smoke, the toxins can actually interfere with your gum’s ability to receive nutrients and can cause inflammation. As the gums bleed, harmful bacteria which live along the gumline can enter the bloodstream via the ulcers in the gums and travel to your organs to cause inflammation.

Sharing Bacteria

Bleeding gums are actually contagious by spreading harmful amounts of bacteria. If you or your partner has a lot of oral bacteria, avoid sharing drinks, keep your toothbrushes from touching, and be aware that kissing will spread the bacteria and make you more susceptible to bleeding gums.

Oral Hygiene

It is vital to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Consider using an electric toothbrush to massage the gums which allow nutrients into the gums by stimulating blood flow. Floss at least once each day to remove dental plaque, a biofilm comprised of bacteria and waste products. If you have difficulty flossing, a water flosser may be a good investment to remove bacteria between the teeth. Keep up with routine maintenance by seeing your dentist regularly for dental cleanings to remove tartar (hardened plaque).

In addition to the above, Dr. Pham may recommend more frequent dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to help alleviate bleeding gums. If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, please call us today at 214.467.4800. We are here to help with all your oral health needs!