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How to Cure Bleeding Gums

How to cure bleeding gums?   It's simple in most cases. But if you are like some of my clients you probably think it's impossible.  I have helped a few people cure their bleeding gums when they thought it could never happen. I can help you too.  

Most of the time it just takes devotion to the cause.   You can't give up after your first effort ends in your gums bleeding even more than usual.

how to cure bleeding gums

You are learning a new skill and your poor gums have been neglected so of course they won't know what hit them when you suddenly start being more thorough.

Don't give up.

Once you get past the first few days you should start to see some improvement.  Less bleeding, firmer, pinker and healthier gums.  

The most common reaction to bleeding gums is to do whatever it takes to keep them from bleeding.  If you have gingivitis (the usual cause of bleeding gums).  Leaving them alone or giving them a quick brushing and hoping they will get better is the wrong strategy.

You can improve bleeding gums by giving them more attention.  Start with brushing and massaging them for a week.  Brush and massage for at least 10 minutes a day.  Follow my detailed instructions here.

After a week they will be less sore and you should add flossing to your routine.  

This simple method will work wonders if you stick with it.  

Here's my disclaimer:

If you have too much calculus (tarter) on your teeth you need to get your teeth cleaned before you start to cure your gums. You can still improve them if they are not professionally cleaned.   But for best results, start with freshly cleaned teeth.

Sometimes it's not so simple...

These 5 scenarios may require additional steps for you to cure your bleeding gums.  

1. Dry mouth

 If your mouth is dry, it is more difficult to keep your gums healthy. Saliva provides a self cleaning mechanism. Without it, you will have too work harder to keep your teeth plaque free.  Learn more about dry mouth remedies here.

2. Mouth breathing

If you notice that only the gums in the front of your mouth bleed, you could be a mouth breather. If you have a cold, allergies, or snore it is likely that you are breathing through your mouth at night. This causes your gums to dry out and become inflamed.  After thoroughly brushing your teeth, try placing a thin layer of Vaseline on your gums before going to bed. Vaseline should be applied to the upper gum line (lip and tongue side) in the front of your mouth.  Learn more about mouth breathing here.

3. Medications

Most medications dry your mouth. Blood thinners make your gums bleed easily and more profusely. If you are taking medicines it is even more important to keep your mouth plaque free.  

4. Plaque traps

Areas that are hard to keep clean we call plaque traps.  They collect plaque easily and because of where they are located in your mouth, are very hard to reach.

If you have a stubborn spot or two that bleeds, it is likely that you have a plaque trap.

Rough filling or crown margins, permanent retainers, partially impacted teeth are some examples that require extra effort to clean.

Your hygienist can show you how to cure bleeding gums in these tough ares. In some cases, dental fillings and crowns that keep gum tissues constantly inflamed should be replaced. Or you may need a special gadget to help you reach these difficult areas.

5. Vitamin D deficiency

This is another little known cause of bleeding gums. With many avoiding the sun these days more are experiencing symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.  Everything in moderation is a good rule to follow. A little bit of sun exposure is one good way to get our daily requirement of Vitamin D.

Ask your physician to do a vitamin D blood test and add a supplement if necessary to maintain a normal vitamin d level.

What's the best way to cure bleeding gums? Considering all factors will make this task easier and less frustrating.  Know your situation and start improving your gums today.   

Since bleeding gums are one symptom of gum disease reviewing the other symptoms is a good idea.

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