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Why Your Gum Bleeds Easily and How to Prevent It

Bleeding gums are the most common symptom of gum disease. But it can also point to other health problems. Occasional bleeding of the gums can be caused by brushing your teeth too vigorously or wearing dentures that don’t fit correctly. Frequent gum bleeding can also indicate more serious conditions, including: periodontitis (an advanced form of gum disease), leukemia (cancer of the blood), and vitamin deficiency.

How to Prevent Bleeding Gums

Using Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwashes can both treat and prevent bleeding gums. They kill bacteria and reduce inflammation to soothe sore, swollen, and bleeding gums. Mouthwash can also treat and prevent gingivitis, which is a common cause of bleeding gums.

Avoid Smoking Tobacco

Tobacco use can damage your gums, and can also make you far more likely to develop gum disease.

Take More Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C will strengthen your immune system. That way, you’ll be less likely to experience gum infections. Examples include oranges, red peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes. You can also take vitamin C supplements. It’s important to note that vitamin C deficiency, also called scurvy, can also lead to bleeding gums.

Using the right toothbrush

If a person has sensitive gums, they can opt for a toothbrush labeled as extra soft or sensitive. Firm or medium toothbrushes are too rough on the gums. The ADA recommends that people use a toothbrush with soft bristles for 2 minutes twice a day. They say that both manual and electric toothbrushes are effective. Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles look frayed.

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