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Tips to stop bleeding gums

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Posted by: imacsr  (9 years ago)
For the past few weeks, I started to get bleeding gums. It is only on the upper left side of my mouth, not on my entire mouth. I used a soft bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste with low fluoride. I have noticed that my gums have improved but still bleeding when I floss. I stopped flossing and the bleeding went away. Has anyone had similar problem? How can this be treated? Any information would be great. Thanks.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (9 years ago)
Sounds like localized gingivitis to me. But a trip to the dentist will rule out other advanced conditions like periodontitis or bone loss, where your gum pockets (among other procedures) will most likely be checked for anything out of the ordinary.

Anyway, don't let the bleeding discourage you from flossing that part of your teeth. It could mean that you need to do it more often and thoroughly. Just make sure you adopt good brushing and flossing techniques and keep up with it. Slowly but surely, your gums should come back to normal. Apart from this, here is a list that will do you good:

1. Eat healthy foods (high in fiber and low in sugar), drink lots of water and, make sure you get your Vitamin C and D in appropriate amounts.
2. Change your soft-bristled brushes every 3-4 months.
3. Use a mouth-rinse (alcohol-free if you can) twice a day. Hydrogen-Peroxide it every once in a while.
4. Adopt proper brushing and flossing techniques.
5. Consider buying an electric oscillating head toothbrush if you can. They work wonders.

Be well!

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