Is this you?
- When you brush your teeth, you see red…on your toothbrush! It looks like your gums are bleeding again.
- You panic when you look in the mirror and see that your gum line has receded and your tooth roots are exposed
- You wake up every morning with a foul taste in your mouth. No matter what you do, your breath just seems to stay foul
- Your gums look red and puffy and they hurt when you touch them
Blood seems to be seeping up around the gum line after a meal
You have gum disease! And you are not alone – almost 80% of the adult population has some form of this insidious disease.
The reason this disease is so persistent and dangerous is that it secretly eats away at your gums – from the inside!
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that penetrate into the area between the gums and the teeth, the so-called Perio Pockets. These dangerous bacteria literally eat away gum tissue often creating open wounds that are hidden below the gum line. They also create smelly by-products and pus in the perio pockets.
Bacteria in the Perio Pockets have even been shown to enter into the blood stream through these hidden wounds and circulate throughout the body. There are literally hundreds of reports of infections and serious problems caused by the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease.
Examples: endocarditis/heart disease, premature birth/low birth weight, hypertension, hair loss, etc.
This list just goes on and on. And this is all happening secretly with only minimal discomfort to you, at least initially. But as the disease progresses, the effects become more and more apparent: bleeding at first occasional becomes a regular problem, bad breath persists no matter what you do to fight it, and gums recede to a point where tooth roots are exposed. Then one day you notice that your teeth are loose because the very bone that holds them has been heavily damaged by bacteria.
Why don’t people do something about it?
Well, many do but it is often “too little too late” because frankly, the symptoms are more of a nuisance than a real problem, at least initially. What you don’t realize is that even though you only experience puffy or bleeding gums, you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg! Because if your gums are bleeding, then chances are you already have open wounds in the space between your teeth and your gums – probably in multiple locations.
The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Bleeding gums as a symptom.
- Poor dental hygiene.
- Gum disease.
- Trench mouth.
- Poorly fitting dentures.
- Dry mouth (type of Dental conditions).
- Vitamin deficiency.
- Certain medications.
- Bad Breath.
- Bleeding is usually noticed during brushing, or in the saliva, while spitting.
- Eating of any coarse food items may induce bleeding.
With a pinch of salt soaked in a glass of lukewarm water, you now create a homemade saline solution. Use this to rinse in the morning and in the evening. This will help increase circulation in your gums and reduce the swelling.
No matter how well and how often you brush your teeth, you can’t reach the areas between your teeth and below the gums. Make the habit of flossing. Floss comes in very handy. Keep one in your bag or at your office. After meal, floss it!
To brush your teeth to gain maximum benefits.
- Push the loaded brush as far as you can into the area where the tooth meets the gum (sulcus).
- Use a vibrating motion (very small wiggling motion) so that the bristles that are forced into the sulcus remain there as you vibrate. It’s an agitating type of motion. Do not use wide circular motions. Repeat this action as you move along the gum line for three to five seconds at each spot on both the cheek and tongue side.
- Repeat this procedure until you have completed both upper and lower gum lines, inside and out. Whenever necessary spit out any build up of toothpaste and saliva until you finish. When done just rinse your mouth with filtered water.
- Do this once a day gradually increasing to twice a day. When you are able to do it twice a day, do so for two weeks. After two weeks, your gums should have become very tough and should have a pink-white color.
- Another important tool that you should have is a water pik system. Do not underestimate the power of water. Water can do a lot of damage (as you have seen with floods and huge tidal waves) and it can also be your friend.
- An oral irrigation can drastically inhibit the formation of plaque and tartar. As time goes by, plaque, if not removed, turns into tartar. An oral irrigation pulls away approximately 50% of the negative bacteria with each use, leaving good bacteria that are needed to fight microbes.
- A toothbrush is not designed to clean anything more than 1-3 mm, which is a normal healthy gum condition. Therefore an oral irrigation is necessary to reach those areas that cannot be maintained with the toothbrush and floss alone.
- That’s all there is to it. If you perform the proper treatments to your teeth and do it right, and use the tools available to you, you shouldn’t have to suffer from gum disease or bleeding gums. You’ll have healthy white teeth with rosy-red and pink gums that will last you a life time and keep the rest of your body healthy to boot.