Flossing inflamed gums may result in bleeding and soreness of the gums, but it should improve with time.
I would recommend an examination with a dentist to make sure there are no other underlying conditions that can be causing the bleeding and painful gums.
X Ray and exam with perio charting needed to identify the severity of perio condition
Most cases respond well with deep cleaning and maintanence , in moderate to severe cases a gum surgery is recommended
Here area some things you can do to help your gums:
1. Get a professional teeth cleaning-this will remove bacteria and tartar that cause your gums to bleed.
2. Brush 2-3 times a day, and floss EVERY day.
3. Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse like Listerine to further kill the bacteria that cause gum inflammation.
4. While your gums are still sore and bleeding, rinse once a day with warm salt water - this helps to soothe sore gums and promote healing of the gums.
5. Finally, if needed, take Ibuprofen for the pain. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, and it is inflammation that causes the gums to hurt.
1. Oil pulling. See Dr. Mercola's article on using coconut oil
2. Order some Ozonated Olive Oil and brush and floss with that
3. Find a biological dentist through www.IAOMT.org to get exam, x-rays, and professional cleaning.
Hope that helps
A hydrogen peroxide based may mouth rinse (around 1%-1.5% hydrogen peroxide) may also be useful as a home measure. Again use it after meals and before bed.
It goes without saying good home based toothbrushing and flossing is a must.
The first step is to make sure you make an appointment with your dentist. They need to do a full examination and make sure there isn’t any plaque or debris on your teeth around your gums. They can also review with you different techniques of flossing so that you can clean your teeth without damaging your gums. Additionally, many people who haven’t flossed much in the past will experience temporary bleeding from their gums once they incorporate flossing into their oral hygiene regimen. This is because their gums are irritated and inflamed, it’s not an indication to stop flossing. Only your dentist can examine you and then tell you how to proceed. If you need a referral to a dentist, we would be happy to refer you to one.
Dr. Adriano Farina
You should begin by rinsing several times a day with warm salt water, which will help reduce the inflammation. Next, you need to remove the plaque from your teeth. In my office, we strongly recommend an electric toothbrush along with a water irrigating device (on a gentle setting). At first, you will notice an increase in the bleeding, but as they begin to heal, that should diminish.
Next, I would recommend a visit to a dentist who can do a more thorough evaluation and help you treat your condition.
Bleeding gums can be caused by many different reasons, but mostly due to plaque accumulation. Plaque contains germs which attack the healthy tissues around the teeth. This will cause the gums to become inflamed and irritated, which may cause them to bleed when brushing or flossing. This is called Gingivitis and is the initial stage of gum disease or periodontitis. You should continue to brush properly for 2 minutes at least 2 times a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. Brush around the gum area gently. You will continue to have gingival bleeding when brushing or flossing, until your gums become healthier. Make an appointment with your dentist and have him/her check your gums and your teeth. Take care.
The best thing to do is see the dentist for a thorough examination to determine why the gums are bleeding. In the meantime, flossing, brushing and warm rinses are the best thing that you could do. Flossing may be uncomfortable and cause bleeding, but you are attempting to clean in between the teeth, which is important.
Best to see a dentist and they'll be able to help you.
If your gums bleed spontaneously, see your physician as well to ensure you are in good health.
The first thing you need to do is to visit your dentist. There are a lot of diseases that target the gums. The main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line, causing gingivitis.
If you are under high levels of stress, this can affect your oral health also. Stress increases inflammation in your body, which makes your gums more likely to bleed. High stress levels also reduce your immune system's functionality, making it more difficult for your body to fight infection and to heal.
To keep your gums healthy, brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and after meals. Floss at least once a day and be sure to floss beyond the gum line to remove more plaque. Control bleeding by applying pressure to the area with a cold compress.
But the first step is to make an appointment with your dentist.
Your dentist can confirm the presence of gum disease and come up with a plan to reverse or treat the damage. You should have a good professional cleaning and instruction on how to properly care for your teeth and gums at home. If the gum disease is more advanced, your may require scaling and root planing treatments to remove stubborn plaque and help gums to heal. Medications may also be prescribed in order to reduce the amount of oral bacteria. In serious circumstances, tooth extraction, laser treatments or dental surgery may be required in order to halt the progression of periodontitis.
One last thing you can do is supplement salt water rinses into your regimen. A warm cup of water with a teaspoon of salt does well. Give yourself a vigorous generous swish after each meal for the next two weeks.
All the best to your gums :-)
Justin W. Ruffner, DDS
Outer Cape Dental Group
In the meantime, continuing to brush twice daily and flossing each night is a necessity to maintain your current level of inflammation. Additionally, rinsing with a mouthwash or salt water will help to minimize the bleeding and puffiness of the gums. It's important to remember that your current hygiene will maintain your current inflammation, but only a professional cleaning will be able to remove all residual bacteria.
Hope it helps! :)
If you're having localized discomfort, I would suggest having a dentist evaluate to determine if there is debris caught in between your gums. Some foods, like popcorn, seeds, and nuts are notorious for embedding into gum tissue and causing discomfort and bleeding to that particular area. Also, aggressive flossing can cause microscopic cuts or scratches which can lead to pain and bleeding.
If you're having general pain and bleeding, I would advise going to the dentist as you may have a form of gum disease. There are several stages of this disease.
In the mildest cases, gum disease is calling gingivitis. Inadequate oral hygiene often causes gingivitis. Some of the other factors that may contribute to gingivitis include but are not limited to smoking, systemic diseases, and diabetes. Gingivitis is reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.
However, untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. Over time, plaque can spread and germinate below the gum line. The harmful bacteria in plaque will irritate the gums; these toxins create a chronic inflammatory response. As hard as your body tries to fight the germs, it can not keep up with the rapid population, and the inflammation leaves it impossible to remove all the bacteria without a professional. If left untreated, the tissues and bone that support teeth are broken down and destroyed. Eventually, teeth become mobile because of the lack of supporting structure; this ultimately leads to the extractions.
These are just some of the factors that can contribute to your bleedy, painful gums. I would advise consulting dentist as soon as possible to pinpoint your exact issue.
Several things can cause gums to bleed, including plaque buildup along the gum line and between teeth. Plaque is a layer of sticky bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If you don't get rid of plaque by flossing daily, it leads hardened plaque deposits (called calculus or tartar) and this leads to gum inflammation called gingivitis. Note that is hard to remove calculus without a dentist's or dental hygienists help through a professional cleaning. So, your first line of defense against bleeding gums should always be a visit with your dentist, who would be able to alert you if there's an underlying condition for your bleeding gums. A dental examination with x-rays can help to determine if there is any tartar buildup and resulting bone loss/ periodontal disease and any next steps for treatment.
Other causes of bleeding gums include vitamin deficiencies, smoking, hormonal changes, etc. so it is difficult to completely determine the exact cause without a professional examination.
In the meantime, eat a well balanced diet to develop and maintain strong, decay-resistant teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice each day and continue to floss. Salt water or antibacterial rinses may also help you in the interim and provide some relief for your painful gums. If you're not sure you're brushing or flossing correctly, you can ask your dental hygienist for some tips, and if you smoke, consider options to help you quit.
Raquel Mendez DDS
calculus. A regular toothbrush cannot clean calculus, you need to see your dentist for a cleaning to get that removed. Hope this helps!