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Bleeding gums is one of those taboo subjects that we just don’t talk about, i’m really not sure why this is. I’ve suffered from gum problems for many years now and after several treatments from the dentist my issues go away for a short while but not completely.
I like to think I take good care of my teeth, they are strong and apart from the obvious bleeding gum issue and sensitivity my teeth are doing ok. I’m 37 and only have 1 filling, I brush twice a day and floss with interdental brushes, I change my toothbrush on a regular basis but I still suffer from bleeding gums.
If you do notice blood in your saliva when brushing or flossing it’s a sign that your gums are not healthy and it could mean you have gum disease. This is something that affects 50% of adults worldwide.
WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up, on and in between, your teeth. If left unchecked, plaque will irritate the gums leading to redness and soreness. If allowed to continue, gum disease can cause serious problems. The gum may start to come away from the tooth, creating ‘pockets’ around it where even more plaque can grow. Over time, these pockets deepen, gums continue to recede and teeth can become loose.
I changed my toothpaste to Corsodyl ultra clean* 30 days ago and I thought I would share the results with you (don’t worry the results are not visual).
Day 1 – 5 Pink saliva when spitting after brushing, noticed it was not as dark as usual. Interdental brushes still very bloody after use.
Day 5 – 7 Saliva had only a small tint of pink when brushing. Interdental brushes had small amount of blood.
Day 7 – 13 No blood when brushing. When using interdental brushes there was only a small amount of blood on the brushes.
Day 13 – 30 No blood when brushing or when using interdental brushes.
The Corsodyl paste itself has a pleasant taste unlike some of the harsh chemically flavoured products I’ve received from my dentist to help with my gums. The toothpaste is actually formulated to help with bleeding gums so if you suffer like I do you may want to consider giving this a try as it targets the areas which can get a build up of bacteria (usually around the gum line).
I’ve been so impressed with this toothpaste that I’ve purchased it twice since my initial testing. If I’m completely honest I wasn’t sure this would work as well as it did, I’ve used similar products in the past which haven’t been great on my sensitive teeth but since using Corsodyl ultra clean even my sensitivity has improved. It may be a coincidence but since using this toothpaste I’ve not had an ulcer in my mouth which is unheard of as I’m really susceptible to them.
* Sample for review purposes
I’ve never whitened my teeth before in fact I hate anyone seeing my teeth as they are so stained and misaligned. If I’m completely honest I don’t really understand how teeth whitening works, I know that celebrities always have perfectly white teeth but I assumed it was down to veneers rather than whitening.
What I do know is that teeth whitening will NOT alter the natural colour of your teeth. So why use it then? The tooth is composed of 2 main visible components which are Enamel and Dentin.
Enamel is a clear and hard protective coating that rest on top of the dentin which is a soft bone like tissue. Everyone’s enamel is clear and collects tough to remove stains over time however not everyone’s dentin is naturally bright white. Some are fortunate to have naturally bright white dentin while others have an off white or in rare cases a yellow colored dentin. Teeth whitening will only remove the stains from the enamel thus revealing the true colour of your dentin.
I have no idea what the original colour of my dentin is, I’ve tried to take good care of my teeth and only have one filling but I do love coffee, tea and other things that cause teeth staining so my teeth are a bit of a nasty colour.
I tried the The LED teeth whitening system* by Smile Brilliant which is perfect for those who want great tooth whitening results but are on a budget. The LED system is far more effective than something you would buy from a chemist due to its 22% carbamide peroxide tooth whitening gel and high strength LED light which accelerates the whitening process.
The ingredients in the teeth whitening system are: Glycerin 77.1% | Carbamide Peroxide 22% | Carbomer 0.5% | Menthol 0.2% | EDTA 0.2% and the product has a shelf life of 2 years refrigerated or 1 year at room temperature (unrefrigerated).
I’m only interested in actually whitening my front teeth as they are the only teeth that people can see when I open my mouth or smile so I expected to get around 5-8 applications from the gel.
The process is really simple, you pull off the teeth whitening pen cap, twist the bottom clockwise to move the gel to the top of the pen, paint the gel evenly on the front surface of your front upper and lower teeth and the crevices where your teeth come together and finally insert the mouth guards.
The LED light is placed up to your teeth and you wrap your lips around the plastic guard, treatment times vary based on individual sensitivity levels but it is recommended you leave the light in your mouth for the first 20-40 minutes and the gel and protective tray for 1-3 hours. The first timescale is manageable for me but there is no way I could possibly leave the tray in my mouth for 1-3 hours so when I started the treatment I wasn’t expecting great results.
After 3 weeks of use there is a definite change of colour not brilliant white but a much whiter shade than I had. I’ve only managed 40 mins at a time as it’s not comfortable for me to keep the tray in my mouth any longer, although I don’t have the confidence to post pictures of my teeth on my blog I have been smiling more in public with my mouth open so I look like I’m actually smiling and not grimacing which is great.
I hate my teeth, in fact if I can get away without letting people see them I will, I would love to either get fitted with a brace or have veneers but that would cost money that I just don’t have. As a child I was always encouraged to brush and floss at least twice a day and where possible to brush after eating sweets and this is something that has continued through adulthood. I was 31 when I needed my first filling compared to some of my friends who had a mouthful by the time they were in their late teens.
I’ve been using the new Oral B Pro-Expert Premium Gum Protection toothpaste for a month now and have just purchased a new tube of it because I love it so much. The main areas that this toothpaste targets are cavities, gum, plaque, sensitivity, enamel, tartar, whitening and breath. During my pregnancy I suffered from sensitive bleeding gums and this has continued since I had Arthur back in March. Since using the new Oral B toothpaste I’ve noticed a decrease in the sensitivity of my teeth which I’m thrilled about as sometimes I was finding it quite difficult to eat certain foods. The bleeding seems to have stopped which is a relief as bleeding gums is never a good sign. The toothpaste is clinically proven to help prevent and reduce gum problems in just four weeks, usually I take these claims with a pinch of salt but on this occasion I can only agree with it.
This post is an entry for BritMums #ORALBLoveYourGums Challenge sponsored by Oral B, promoting healthy gums – something especially important for pregnant women. Get tips and advice at www.oral-bloveyourgums.com