10 Expert Tips for How to Treat Bleeding Gums
About 600 million people experience some type of gum problem in their lifetime. But the good news is that most of these can be cured at home. And bleeding gums are the first sign of gum diseases like gingivitis and the more severe periodontitis.
This Bright Side article will help you to treat your bleeding gums as well as tell you how you can prevent it altogether.
1. Use gauze.
Just like with any bleeding, holding a damp piece of gauze against the bleeding area will stop your bleeding. But if bleeding gums are a regular problem, you should visit a dentist.
2. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and a warm compress for pain relief.
Hold a cool compress, or even an ice cube against swollen, bleeding gums to instantly stop the bleeding. Keep the ice there until the bleeding stops, but if blood keeping oozing out even after 10 minutes of applying the compress or ice, consider calling a doctor.
You can use a warm compress later to relieve pain. But use it only after the inflammation is gone.
3. Use saltwater mouthwash.
Add 1 tsp of sea salt to a cup of lukewarm water. Stir to dissolve the salt. Swish a sip of it in your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it out. Do this 4-5 times. And do it twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Saltwater reduces swelling in the gums, and aids in stopping gum bleeding. It also creates a temporary high alkaline environment inside the mouth thereby making it difficult for bacteria to survive.
4. Try an oral irrigator.
An oral irrigator is a device that shoots water jets to clean the gums thoroughly. You can also add mouthwash to it for better antibacterial effect. Having the gums clean reduces the chances of infection that can make your gums bleed.
5. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Using mouthwash is a great way to eliminate gum inflammation that causes gum bleeding and eliminates bacteria from the mouth.
6. Use tea bags.
Steep a tea bag in boiling water. After 2 minutes, remove it and let it cool. Now apply the tea bag on the affected area of your gums. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Tea contains tannic acid which can help relieve gum infections.
7. Eat crunchy vegetables.
Eating crunchy vegetables, like celery and carrots, between meals helps by removing food residue from the teeth and thereby prevents gum diseases. Eating these also helps generate saliva which further cleans the mouth. Also, because they contain low amounts of sugar and carbs, they do not contribute to tooth decay.
8. Eat more leafy greens.
A vitamin K deficiency can make it take longer for your blood to clot. That can be the reason why your bleeding gums are taking a longer than usual time to stop. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and lettuce are an excellent source of vitamin K. Including them in your diet should help.
9. Swish chamomile tea around your mouth.
Boil a cup of water and put one tea bag of chamomile in it. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Now let the tea cool. Once it cools, swish the tea in your mouth and drink it. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing properties. Chamomile tea also soothes a sour stomach and can calm canker sores.
10. Apply honey.
Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and use honey to massage your gums for 10 minutes every morning. Honey has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties because of a substance called propolis. But remember to apply honey only to your gums and not your teeth, especially if you have cavities since this can cause pain.
Did you suffer from gum bleeding? Was it because of a hard toothbrush or was it because of an infection or were your gums inflamed?
Illustrated by Alena Sofronova for BrightSide.me