Bleeding gums is usually a symptom of gum disease and can occur infrequently, or can be a constant issue. Bleeding gums are not due to cuts, sores or cracks in the gums. The bleeding actually occurs on the gum line between the tooth and the gums. Sensitive gums can be the cause of bleeding but in most cases bleeding gums are a result of minor gum disease or gingivitis. Minor gum disease, caused by the bacteria contained in plaque build-up, will inflame the gums making them sensitive and more apt to bleed. Further, the swelling can separate the gums from the teeth along the gum line. When eating hard foods, brushing or flossing, the separated gums move back and forth causing damage to tissues above in between the gums and the teeth. The result is what is known as bleeding gums.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of bleeding gums include periodic or chronic bleeding of the gums, especially after eating or brushing and flossing teeth. Bleeding gums can be associated with swollen gums, but gums can still bleed without being swollen. Another symptom associated with bleeding gums is a recession of the gum line. In most cases, bleeding gums will be sore to the touch after they start bleeding, but there are some chronic cases of bleeding gums where there is no pain and a person does not even realize their gums are bleeding until they look in a mirror or drink or spit.
To prevent bleeding gums, make sure you practice regular oral hygiene. This can help prevent or reduce the root cause of the bleeding gums. When practicing regular oral hygiene, make sure you do not brush or floss too vigorously or with too much pressure. Gums that are prone to bleed need time to get strong again, and vigorous brushing can cause the gums to continue to bleed even if the root cause (gingivitis for example) has been cured. Avoid hard foods especially with sharp edges such as tortilla chips. Avoid scalding liquids.
The best way to treat bleeding gums is to soothe them with a product used for bleeding, swollen gums. Homeopathic products such as Quantum Health’s Gum Therapy are excellent for treating bleeding gums and other symptoms associated with gum disease. Applying Gum Therapy to gums multiple times a day will help your gums heal while simultaneously soothing any pain that may be associated with bleeding gums. By taking care of your gums by avoiding sharp or scalding foods while using a product like Gum therapy, your gums will have a chance to heal and grow strong, thus breaking the ongoing cycle of bleeding gums. Using antiseptic mouthwashes may help prevent or control gum disease, but using mouthwash can also increase bleeding. While treating bleeding gums, it is also beneficial to speak to your dentist so the onset of any gum disease can be eradicated through basic scaling treatments.