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How Do I Treat Bleeding Gums?

Video: Dr. Katz explains how TheraBreath periodontal products can help reduce bleeding gums.

It's quite common for people to brush their teeth and wonder, "Why are my gums bleeding?" Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, an inflammatory response to bacterial buildup (plaque) on the teeth. In the early stages of gum disease, plaque and tartar residue between the teeth and gums inflames the gums. It is common at this stage to experience bleeding gums when brushing your teeth. Other signs of gingivitis include red, inflamed, or puffy gums without bleeding, receding gums, and changes in bite. The anaerobic bacteria associated with plaque and tartar can also lead to chronic bad breath. Women in particular can be more prone to bleeding and sensitive gums due to hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, and the use of oral contraceptives.

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to more serious periodontal disease (periodontitis). While it is common knowledge gum disease can lead to tooth decay and loss, research has also shown it is linked to serious chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. If you notice certain foods, flossing, and/or brushing causes your gums to bleed, it's important to see your dentist to obtain a proper diagnosis.

How to Stop Bleeding Gums at Home

Taking proper care of your oral health can reduce "pink in the sink" caused by bleeding gums. The good news is early intervention including home remedies can help prevent gum disease and bleeding gums from becoming more serious. The following tips can counteract gingivitis and reduce bleeding gums.

  • Brush vigorously with a soft brush a minimum of two times a day
  • Floss at least twice a day
  • Limit dietary sugar (candy, sweets, and sugary drinks)
  • Quit using tobacco products
  • Visit a dentist every 6 months for regular check-ups and cleanings

How to Treat Bleeding Gums With Oral Health Care Products

In addition to using dental floss and a soft toothbrush, selecting the right oral care products can help reduce gingivitis, bleeding gums, and associated bad breath. Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC) is an FDA-approved broad spectrum antibiotic and antibacterial agent highly effective against plaque and gingivitis. Try any of the following TheraBreath products to help reduce bleeding gums and prevent gingivitis from advancing to more serious gum disease.

TheraBreath Healthy Gums Oral Rinse: This powerful rinse now contains CPC, an effective ingredient to combat red, puffy, and bleeding gums. Regular use of this alcohol- and saccharin-free rinse reverses gingivitis, stops bleeding gums, and keeps gums healthy.

TheraBreath Periotherapy Toothpaste: Fortified with zinc and xylitol, this extra strength toothpaste destroys bad breath bacteria while conditioning gums and oral tissue.

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