How to Stop Bleeding Gum Due to Flossing?
November 19, 2020
From childhood, everyone is made aware of the importance of proper brushing and flossing along with dental checkup. It prevents gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing stimulates your gums and keeps diseases away. It helps to remove plaque, which is a transparent bacteria layer. The food particles and plaque trapped between your teeth or under the braces or gum lines do not get eliminated with brushing. Flossing these once daily is essential.
On the Tips and Tricks blog, you can learn how to carefully floss to avoid gum injury or bleeding. For beginners, bleeding during flossing is common as long as it stops quickly. Usually, it is not an issue, so without any concern, you continue flossing every day.
Why do gums bleed?
Gums can bleed due to several reasons.
- Plaque buildup laterally across the gumline as well as between teeth.
- Plaque forms on tartar causing gingivitis. Leaving food traces and plaque on the surface of the teeth causes inflammation in the gums, which bleed when your brush or floss.
- Lack of vitamins can also trigger bleeding gums.
- Plaque transforms into a hard tartar layer that needs to get eliminated with flossing.
- You are new to flossing and you were a little rough on the gums.
How long will it take for bleeding gums to heal?
For beginners to flossing regime, it can take one week for the gums to calm down, and stop bleeding. In the case of gingivitis, it is necessary to visit your dentist. You will be prescribed anti-gingivitis toothpaste, which will help to lessen the plaque and even bleeding gum issue.
If the plaque between the teeth has hardened and stuck, then you are struggling with tartar. Tartar cannot get eliminated with brushing or flossing. The dentist will professionally clean it in their dental office.
Home remedies for bleeding gums treatment
If your gums bleed while flossing use salt water rinse to kill the bacteria. It also helps to contain the infection averting it to penetrate deep into the teeth gums and roots. You can even use antimicrobial oral rinse, but ensure to swish it thoroughly.
How to floss correctly?
If you visited your dentist for bleeding gums and there were no signs of tartar or gingivitis then the issue is possible because of incorrect flossing.
- Insert the floss carefully between two teeth.
- With back and forth movement, gently bring it towards the gum line.
- At the edge of the tooth, curve the floss in a letter ‘C’ shape and move it upwards and downwards 4 to 5 times to scrub away the plaque.
- Repeat this process on the backside before you move to the next tooth.
- Use a new floss section between every tooth to avert the re-depositing bacteria you already removed.
Brushing and flossing properly are good for oral hygiene but there are other things you need to consider. Eat a healthy diet low in sugar with a meal and not in-between. Brush your teeth after meals but if you can’t at least rinse your mouth. Regularly, visit your dentist for a checkup!