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At Smiley Dental Garland in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Lynh Pham and our team want our patients to know that healthy gums are as important to your smile as your healthy teeth. So what should you do if your gums are bleeding?

Healthy diet: limit sugar and increase your intake of vegetables. If you do eat sugar, try to brush your teeth soon after to limit the exposure to your pearly whites.

Change Medications: certain medications, such as blood thinners, can cause bleeding of the gums. Your doctor may switch medications or alter the dosage to help you. Certain medications can also interfere with saliva flow and cause dry mouth which allows bacteria to thrive.

Smoking Cessation: if you smoke, the toxins can actually interfere with your gum’s ability to receive nutrients and can cause inflammation. As the gums bleed, harmful bacteria which live along the gumline can enter the bloodstream via the ulcers in the gums and travel to your organs to cause inflammation.

Sharing Bacteria: this one is a little trickier, bleeding gums are actually contagious due to bacteria. If you or your partner has a lot of oral bacteria, avoid sharing drink ware, touching toothbrushes together, and limit kissing (that’s the tricky part, and probably one you’ll ignore, and we understand).

Oral Hygiene: brush at least twice each day, and consider using an electric toothbrush as it can massage the gums to allow nutrients into the gums by stimulating blood flow. Next, floss at least once daily to remove dental plaque—a biofilm comprised of bacteria and waste products. If you don’t enjoy flossing, consider getting a water flosser to remove bacteria between the teeth. Keep up with routine maintenance by seeing your dentist regularly for dental cleanings to remove tartar (hardened plaque).

Dr. Pham may also recommend additional professional dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to help alleviate bleeding gums. If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, please call us today at 214.321.8400. We are here to help with all your oral health needs!