DentistEDITS 002

If you’ve resolved to give up smoking this year, WELL DONE! It’s the single most effective thing you could do to improve your overall health.
One thing that many people notice when they stop smoking is that their gums start to bleed. This can be a worry, until you understand what is actually going on. The bleeding gum is a sign that the normal blood flow is returning to the gums, so in that sense it’s a good sign. Your body is already starting to heal itself as a result of you having stopped smoking. Without the cigarette toxins, the blood vessels in your mouth are opening up, allowing blood to flow again in previously nutrient-starved tissues.
If you’ve got gingivitis or gum disease, the first sign of a problem is generally bleeding when you clean your teeth. Often you won’t notice it on brushing, but when you use floss or in-between brushes, the bleeding and irritated areas of gum are obvious. These hard-to-reach areas are where gum disease starts.
Smoking dramatically constricts arteries and capillaries in the gums and as a result smokers don’t get that early warning sign of a pink streak in their spit after cleaning. When you stop smoking, the blood flow returns, and the fact that the gums are inflamed and unhappy is obvious.
The cure is to dramatically step up your dental care regime, and if you haven’t had a check up recently you might be surprised how your routine might need to change!
FIRST CLEAN BETWEEN using floss, tape or in-between brushes, as advised by your hygienist.
SECOND, RINSE IF YOU LIKE using water. You don’t need a special mouthwash.
THIRD, BRUSH with a fluoride-containing paste. (Read the small print, and go for a paste with 1400ppm Fluoride. ppm=parts per million.)
FOURTH, SPIT OUT; DON’T RINSE OUT. The fluoride residue now sitting in between your teeth will give you extra protection against decay, so leave it there!