Bleeding Gums: Common Causes and Prevention

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that causes gum irritation, swelling, redness, and bad breath. If you experience bleeding gums, or any of the mentioned symptoms, it's time to take action! Here are some of the prevalent causes of bleeding gums and how to efficiently prevent them.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

    This is the most common cause of oral problems. Inadequate oral hygiene encourages plaque to form on teeth, causing inflammation of the surrounding gum tissues. To ensure proper plaque removal and avoid bleeding gums, it’s vital to follow a 3-step oral routine that includes brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash twice daily.

  2. Smoking

    Smokers are more likely to suffer from oral problems, including bleeding gums. Inhaling smoke leaves hard-to-remove toxins on the teeth and undermines the body's ability to fight infections. These factors negatively affect gum health, leaving you with puffy and vulnerable gums. If you're a smoker, you can avoid these unwanted consequences by quitting. We know it's not easy, but it's essential to reverse this damage and stay healthy.

  3. Imbalanced Nutrition

    Following a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates increases plaque buildup. So does low water intake or a deficiency of vital nutrients such as vitamin C. There are also some natural ingredients that support and strengthen your gums like onions, leafy greens, cheese, and apples. To win the battle against gum disease, try to enrich your diet with these necessary nutrients.

Prevention: The Oral Hygiene Routine

The easiest and most effective way to avoid gum disease is to maintain a three-step oral hygiene routine:

  1. Brush your teeth regularly using a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every 3-months to prevent germ build-up. Make sure you choose a toothpaste that is suitable for sensitive gums.

  2. Floss to clean away trapped food particles.

  3. Use a mouthwash after brushing to fight germs above and below the gum line and prevent dental plaque. This is a crucial part of the 3-step regimen, since brushing only reaches 25% of your mouth, leaving behind food debris and germs. Using Listerine® mouthwash twice daily cleans virtually 100% of the mouth.

Mouthwash for Bleeding Gums

Rinsing with mouthwash is a great and simple way to relieve and avoid bleeding gums. Especially if you choose a clinically-proven mouthwash designed specifically to prevent gum disease! Listerine® Total Care Gum Protect Milder Taste Mouthwash is an alcohol-free formula that fights germs and helps prevent plaque and gum disease. In addition to its preventive abilities, this mouthwash is also essential for anyone who suffered from gum problems previously. We also recommend Listerine® Total Care Gum Protect Milder Taste Mouthwash after treatment to avoid gum disease relapses and secure healthy gums in the long run. Use this mouthwash twice daily for stronger teeth and healthier gums in 2 weeks.

Listerine® Total Care Gum Protect Milder Taste Mouthwash

  1. Reduces plaque to keep gums healthy.
  2. Helps prevent gum problems.
  3. Contains fluoride to strengthen teeth and help protect against cavities.
  4. Alcohol-free for a less intense taste with soft mint flavour.