Many of us have been passed down inaccurate information from family members and friends for many years, or perhaps you have come up with your own theories from what you believe has always been. I am here to tell you BLEEDING GUMS ARE NOT HEALTHY. It is a hard truth to tell people sometimes, I don’t want to offend you and your belief system but I am passionate about helping everyone achieve optimal oral health.
If your gums are bleeding it is no different than if you had an open wound on your hand. Of course you would want to control the bleeding and have the wound clear up on your hand, you would never just let it go for weeks and not heal. When your dental professional tells you your gums are bleeding please know it isn’t because we are judging you and how we think you aren’t taking care of yourself, trust me we all have areas in our lives we could use someone to stand beside us and help us improve. Your bleeding gums can be from many different things. If you are going through a very stressful time in your life the smallest amount of bacterial can be the tipping point with your body’s natural ability to keep everything in check and the disease process will begin. This is when your dental hygienist can help support you and help prevent further breakdown of the gums and bone supporting your teeth. This is done by determining an interval that will allow your dental hygienist to breakdown the biofilm before it gets to levels your body can no longer fight.
One of my favourite tools for reducing bleeding gums when combined with professional therapeutic cleanings is a small tool called Soft-picks. Soft-picks provide gum stimulation along with plaque removal/disturbance between your teeth. Following this blog I have set a link to watch a short video that demonstrates how they are used.
I encourage you to follow along with the week-long challenge recommended in the link. If you haven’t had a professional cleaning within the last year I strongly encourage you begin the challenge by having a professional cleaning. From here you are set to start the challenge and take a significant step to good oral health.