Gums play a major role in your overall well-being and not just in your dental health.
In many instances, swollen and bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. There are a number of other things that could be causing your gum problems. There are steps you can take to minimize gum damage and discomfort from sore and painful gums.
Gums are made of delicate tissue, so brushing the wrong way could damage them.
Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles that have blunted ends. Medium or hard bristles may damage the enamel on your teeth or cause red and swollen gums.
When you brush, make sure you use gentle, circular motions to massage and clean the gums and teeth. While many people use a back-and-forth motion, this motion can irritate and damage your gums, making them sore and more likely to bleed or recede.
It is important to floss gently every day to help remove plaque from places where your toothbrush can't reach carefully sliding it up and down between your teeth, following the curve of each tooth.