Bleeding from the gum is one of the main reasons why most people present at the dentist’s office. Several causes have been identified as being responsible for bleeding from the gum. The commonest cause being poor oral hygiene. There are several ways to stop bleeding from the gum.

ENSURING GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

One of the common causes of bleeding from the gum is poor oral hygiene. the plaque build-up allows for inflammation of the gum which easily bleeds at the slightest contact with food or toothbrush. Practising good oral hygiene includes brushing twice daily using soft-bristle toothbrush, flossing twice daily as well as going to the dentist for professional cleaning of your teeth, known as Scaling and Polishing. The afore-mentioned are usually what most people need and like a magic, bleeding from the gum will stop.

Equally, if you use dentures with rough edges and fitting surface, these can lead to sore spots on your gum and plaque accumulation which can trigger gum bleeding. Ensure to take it to your dentist where it can be relined or a new denture can be fabricated.

How to Brush Your Teeth

STOP SMOKING

Being a smoker makes you have twice the risk for gum disease compared with a non-smoker; the more cigarettes you smoke, the higher the risk of developing gum diseases. Also, most smokers usually have a compromised immune system which predisposes them to have more infections from the gum. It sounds to reason that making move to gradually stop smoking will automatically stop your gum from bleeding.

ADDRESSING  NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

Lack of vitamin C in the body can lead to a bleeding gum. Vitamin C also hastens healing process; Therefore, it is advisable to take food rich in vitamin C such as cabbage, sweet and white potatoes, Green and Red pepper. Usually vitamin C tablet is available as Over-The-Counter drug; however, it is advisable to use it after consulting your dentist who will determine the cause of the gum bleeding and proffer solutions accordingly. Not all bleeding gum are treatable with vitamin C tablet. Vitamin K is an important nutrient that assists in blood clotting, its deficiency can lead to gum bleeding. If your dentist identifies this as the possible cause of gum bleeding, you may need to be placed on recommended vitamin K supplements.

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APPLYING COLD COMPRESS

This works particularly for gum bleeding resulting from trauma. Application of neat gauze or cotton wool soaked in ice water on the gum can reduce bleeding. Cold compress can reduce the inflammatory process as well as limit blood flow.

TREATING UNDERLYING MEDICAL DISORDERS

Medical disorders such as hemophilia, leukaemia usually manifest in the mouth as gum bleeding. The solution, in this case, is to treat the underlying disorders. Your dentist would make a referral to a specialist for further management.

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