How often do your gums bleed? If itâ€™s more than once in awhile, you might be fighting plaque or gingivitis! Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the causes, concerns and symptoms of bleeding gums.
Vitamin K is the most important nutrient for dental health and blood clotting. It can be found in your favorite leafy green veggies.
You should floss twice a day, after each time you brush.
Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles, as harder bristled bushes can damage your gums and tear away your tooth enamel.
Bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease. Of course, there are other reasons your gums might bleed, but you should definitely make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Over 75 percent of American adults over 35 suffer from some form of gum disease. The highest percentage have gingivitis, which is treatable.
The stress hormone cortisol causes inflammation throughout your body and in your gums.
As it's name suggests, rat poison is highly toxic and ingesting it can cause a variety of ailments, from bleeding gums to death. Call poison control immediately if you suspect that you, your kids or your pets have swallowed some of this potentially fatal toxin.
The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist for a cleaning twice a year. Brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist will help prevent bleeding gums and just about every other kind of dental-related problem.
Soak a gauze pad in ice water, and apply pressure to your bleeding gums. If that doesn't stop the bleeding, call you dentist or doctor.
Strep throat does not cause bleeding gums.
Exposure to mercury, found in glass thermometers, can cause bleeding gums. Contact poison control if you are exposed to mercury.
Poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of bleeding gums, so brush and floss daily!
The bleeding gums of pregnancy gingivitis are at their worst during the second trimester.
Smoking and using tobacco products irritates your gums and the tissue in your mouth, so quitting lessens your likelihood of having bloody gums.
Healthy gums are coral pink and firm. Any other appearance requires attention from your dentist.
Plaque is nasty stuff. It's made up of bacteria, mucus and food particles.
Your gums are sensitive, and brushing too hard can make them bleed. If you think your bloody gums are the result of being a little to forceful with the toothbrush, ease up and use a brush with softer bristles.
It's shocking, but the bacteria in your mouth can actually enter your bloodstream and contaminate other parts of your body. In fact, it can even cause heart disease.
Salt water works wonders for bleeding gums. No, you don't have to swish and spit brine -- make your own solution with table salt and tap water.
There are a lot of reasons your gums may bleed, and starting a new flossing regiment, especially if you haven't had one before, may be a cause. If they're still bleeding a few days after you first pick up the dental floss, however, make an appointment to see your dentist, because it could be the symptom of a more serious condition.