These are some of the most commonly asked questions that we have received over the years.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
Gums begin to bleed when they are irritated and inflamed, which is not a normal state to be. This is because of an unhealthy buildup of plaque on the teeth (a soft film of bacteria) which can cause gingivitis and, if it is not addressed on time, will turn into gum disease. Over time, if plaque is not cleaned off with daily brushing and professional dental cleaning, the plaque will turn into a hard deposit known as tartar or calculus, which will need to be professionally scaled by your dentist or hygienist in order to remove it.
It is important that even if your gums bleed, they are still brushed to keep the mouth clean; otherwise, the bacteria will build up in your mouth and make gum inflammation worse. After a few days of proper brushing, your gums should get used to it and stop bleeding. If this doesn’t happen, you should get your dental team’s advice since you might need professional cleaning.
Having a good oral care regime will be able to help prevent your gums from bleeding if done right. We always suggest that you have regular examinations with your dentist. This can help you diagnose and treat anything unusual in your mouth so you can get proper treatment in a timely manner.
You might need to start using a softer brush while your gums are inflamed until they become better and healthier. It is also important to clean in between your teeth using floss or an interdental brush.
Smoking can cover a gum problem, as it will restrict blood flow to your mouth. If you have given up smoking, this can allow your gums to get better circulation and cause bleeding.
What Should I Do If I Knock My Tooth Out?
If your tooth gets knocked out and is clean, you can try to put your tooth back in. Hold the tooth by the crown and then put it firmly back in the socket. Then, you can bite down on a clean napkin or cloth for about 20 minutes.
If you can’t get the tooth back in, it will have a better chance of survival if you keep it in your cheek until you can make it to an emergency dentist. If this is not possible then keep it in some milk.
Your tooth will need to be replaced ideally within 30 minutes, so you should seek emergency dental attention quickly.
What Do I Do About My Sensitive Teeth?
You can try using a toothpaste that is specifically meant for sensitive teeth. Rub some toothpaste into the sensitive areas when you go to bed as this will help protect the surface. Try to avoid eating strongly acidic foods and drinks and wait at least an hour after you brush your teeth, as this can cause more sensitivity.