If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth and you may have bad breath.
However, if gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop.
While most people brush their teeth twice a day, one dentist has revealed a number of surprising tips to help reduce gum disease risk – including leaving toothpaste in your mouth.
Dr Tina Tanna, a dentist, has revealed nine steps to reduce the risk of bleeding gums.
Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes
The ideal times to brush your teeth are before bedtime and at least once more during the day.
Sometimes it can feel like you just haven’t got time to brush for two minutes so if it helps, try and set an alarm on your phone or use an app.
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Switch to a specialist toothpaste
If you’re suffering from bleeding gums, switching to a specialist toothpaste that is specifically formulated for people who spit blood when they brush can help. There are clinically proven products available that can help but do ask your dentist if you’re unsure.
Don’t forget to floss
Make sure you clean effectively in between your teeth. Bacteria often hide in places where your toothbrush cannot reach, so regularly cleaning in between your teeth not only prevents gum disease but tooth decay too. Flossing can be tricky for some people, so try using interdental brushes to poke the gap in between teeth.
Mouthwash helps protect your mouth between brushing by maintaining lower levels of bacteria. Importantly though, mouthwash only compliments brushing and flossing but does not replace either. Mouthwash helps rinse out food particles from your mouth and helps deter bad breath as it is designed to leave your mouth with a fresh (normally minty) smell.
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