Fluctuating hormones during menopause can result in plaque buildup around your gum line. This creates a breeding ground for bad bacteria and will often result in gum disease. Inflamed and irritated gums are often an early sign of gum disease. As a result, your gums will bleed during regular activities including eating and brushing your teeth. While practicing regular dental health, like brushing and flossing is important during this time, it may not be enough to prevent your gums from bleeding. Luckily, there are natural rinses that you can use to curb bleeding gums while you go through menopause.
Salt Water Rinse
A salt water rinse is simple to make and can be put together from the comfort of your own home. A salt water rinse can be just as effective as a commercial rinse if it is used regularly. A salt water rinse contains antibacterial properties that help to remove bacteria that is embedded along your gum line. The rinse can be created by dissolving a few spoonfuls of salt in a small bowl of hot water. Wait for the mixture to cool, and use it to clean your entire mouth. Direct the rinse on your gum line and soak your gums in the mixture for a few minutes. Repeat this process in order to thoroughly clean your mouth. Use the mixture immediately following a meal in order to remove any remaining food particles.
Wheatgrass is often ingested in order to cleanse and heal the body of any sickness. The plant contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that latch onto bad bacteria and remove them from your body. Wheatgrass can be turned into a rinse by placing a handful of the plant in a juicer and removing all of the juice from the plant. If you do not have a juicer, then you can use a blender, but you will have to strain the mixture once it has been thoroughly blended. Dilute the wheatgrass juice with a warm cup of water. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to the mixture. Work the rinse around the corners of your mouth and in between your teeth. Keep the wheatgrass rinse in your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing with water.
While bleeding gums can be troublesome, menopause can cause serious oral health problems. Therefore, it is important to use these rinses to keep bacteria at bay and reduce any bleeding. To learn more, contact a family dentist like Jeffrey S. Thaller DMD.