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Healthy gums are pink and firm to the touch. Unfortunately, anyone can have gum issues from time to time. You’ve probably seen your gums become red and puffy (or even bleed) when you brush or floss your teeth too vigorously. If your gums are healthy, they will recover quickly from mild trauma. However, if swollen, irritated, bleeding gums last for several days or longer, there is likely an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

How Can I Prevent Bleeding, Irritated Gums?
Proper dental hygiene is an excellent way to help prevent red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily and floss at least once every day. When you brush, make sure you brush all surfaces of the teeth and pay special attention to the gum line. When flossing, be sure to floss under the gum line. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth to prevent the movement of plaque from tooth to tooth.

What Treatments Are Available?
In addition to practicing proper oral hygiene, you can try swishing salt water in your mouth. This can help reduce swelling. If the gums are bleeding, press a gauze pad dipped in ice water or a damp tea bag on the site. Over-the-counter painkillers can relieve any additional discomfort. Do not use Advil, as it thins the blood. If these treatments are not sufficient, visit Northwest Center for Dentistry for a professional dental cleaning, as this can remove tartar and plaque from the area.

Please contact our dental office in Kalispell, Montana, at (406) 752-4530 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist, Dr. Cameron Clark.