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4 Effective Ways To Reduce Your Bleeding Gums

A study completed on periodontal disease stated 47% of all Americans have this condition.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a condition where the gums become inflamed or infected causing bleeding, soreness, and discoloration.

Before beginning, ask yourself whether you’re a part of the 47% mentioned above.

If yes, it’s a troubling reality, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. This read will dissect the importance of understanding bleeding gums and how to tackle this issue head on.

Here are the most important steps to take while treating bleeding gums.

#1: Use Modified Stillman Brushing Technique

What method do you use to brush your teeth? Many individuals utilize aggressive, impatient techniques, which can lead to further deterioration. It’s highly recommended to revisit your approach.

So, what is the right way then?

The technique goes by the name, “Modified Stillman” and is highly recommended by dentists.

Using a press-and-roll method, the toothbrush is placed on the gums. Press the soft-bristled brush against your gums while gently “vibrating” to cause friction. Please note, the idea is to clean/massage the surface and not to further aggravate one’s gums. Pressing too hard will result in excessive bleeding, which is why it’s important to take your time. Once the brush vibrates in place, you will “roll” it over the tissues and teeth. Continue to do this from one side to the other ensuring the gums are thoroughly brushed.

While doing this, you should keep the brush at an angle to ensure it’s gentle on the gums. A 45-degree angle with your wrist should suffice and will provide complete access to your gums/teeth.

Why is this an excellent brushing technique for bleeding gums?

According to medical studies, this method provides a robust gingival-stimulating massage and removes cervical plaque effectively. It also prevents further build-up once the method is implemented on a regular basis.

This technique helps target those infected areas near your gums to ensure the infection doesn’t spread.  If you do this with a high level of care, the results will come, and your bleeding will cease.

#2: Flossing Is Your Best Friend

Do not take this advice lightly as many do. Your dentist states flossing is a vital part of your oral hygiene, and they’re not lying. Without proper flossing, on a daily basis (ideally twice a day) you’re going to ruin your teeth.

Please take the time out of your day to floss.

Why is flossing important for your gums? The dental community states the reason infections develop around the gum often involves a lack of flossing. The build-up starts to worsen between one’s teeth and that gives rise to inflamed gums.

Once you start flossing, the gums will improve in color, feel, and overall appearance.

#3: Use Cold Compression Technique

What if your gums are bleeding uncontrollably or feel sore?

For those who are dealing with a heightened stage of periodontal disease, it’s recommended to visit a dentist. However, if you’re unwilling to do this right now, it’s time to use the cold compression technique.

What is the cold compression technique?

The premise of this method is to take a cold cloth and place it on top of one’s gums. This will help ease the bleeding and numb the pain.

Don’t use this as a long-term technique but it can be a fruitful short-term option to beat bleeding gums.

#4 Visit Dentist For Long-Term Solution

Now all of these methods are ideal and will help in the short-term, but you want to consider visiting a dentist.

The dentist will provide a customized, no-frills solution for you and your inflamed gums.

They’ll provide a robust dental cleaning and a thorough assessment of your current condition. While they’ll make the suggestions provided in this read, they’ll rewind the clock for you by getting to those “hard to reach” areas.

Yes, you might find it difficult to visit the dentist but your gums can worsen over time, and that’s a distressing thought for most. Take time out of your schedule and do visit a dentist as soon as possible.

This information should help bolster your chances in this fight against bleeding gums. Yes, it is a troubling time for you and your teeth, but it’s also an opportunity to improve your oral hygiene.

Take action now and give rise to healthy gums immediately.

Interesting Tip: Use ‘Oil Pulling’ Method

Before using this method, please understand it’s a supplementary solution and not the primary method for treating bleeding gums.

The scientific reasoning for oil pulling is to attract microbes since bacteria can hide in the crevices of one’s teeth or in the gums. The oil acts as a magnet or vacuum cleaner sucking in the unwanted bacteria.

If this is an intriguing solution, please use the following steps to ensure the right approach is being implemented.

  • Obtain Coconut of Sesame Oil
  • Use One Tablespoon of Oil For “Oil Pulling”
  • Swish Essential Oil Gently In Mouth For 10-20 Minutes (Slow Down If Jaw Aches)
  • Spit Essential Oil Out After Time Is Up (Never Swallow Oil!)
  • Rinse Mouth With Water Thoroughly

Do this once or twice a week to see effective results over time. It will leave your gums refreshed and healthy. The coconut oil can tackle the infection and get rid of it over time due to its natural properties.

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Markham Dental Smiles
4630 Hwy 7 #2
Unionville, ON, L3R 1M5

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Phone: (905) 477-6453
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