Whenever you brush your teeth, you should pay close attention to the liquid that you spit out into the sink. If you notice that you are starting to spit out red, pink or light brown-tinged toothpaste after you have brushed your teeth, then there is a chance that you are suffering from bleeding gums. In some cases, the source of the blood may be obvious, but if your gums are bleeding at the back then you may not spot it as easily.
Bleeding Gums – See Your Dentist
Although you are advised to brush your teeth quite firmly to make sure that you remove all of the food, bacteria and plaque which are building up on them, you should be careful about using too much force, as this can hurt your gums.
One other sign that you may be brushing too hard is if your toothbrush bristles begin to curl over at the edges or if you find that you are having to replace your toothbrush far more frequently than recommended.
Too Much Force From Toothbrush
If your gums are bleeding because you have been using excessive force, then the bleeding is likely to be sporadic. It should stop shortly after you reduce the amount of force that you use to brush.
The other main concern if you have spotted bleeding gums is that you may be suffering from gum disease. Gum disease affects the majority of people at some point in their adult lives; however it is both treatable and preventable.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, then visit a dentist as soon as possible so that they can see how far along the disease is. If the disease is in its early stages, then home treatment is possible.
Daily Dental Care
To prevent gum disease at home you need to make sure that you brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice per day, and you need to make sure that you brush the hard to reach places, such as around your wisdom teeth.
You should also make sure that you floss between your teeth using special dental floss. Flossing helps to clean the spaces between your teeth and above your gums that you can’t reach easily with a toothbrush. Your dentist may also offer to scale and polish your teeth for you. This treatment removes hard to shift plaque.