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October 9, 2010 6:38 PM Subscribe
For the past couple days, when I have been brushing my teeth, my gums have bled. The Internet is promising me DOOM to my mouth if I don't shape up, but I can't find much on everything specific that I should be doing. Help me help my gums.
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*I went to the dentist a couple months ago and they told me I have a few 4 pockets in my gums.
*I'm 27, female, vegetarian, not pregnant, generally healthy.
*I switched to a different toothpaste after the visit to the dentist.
*I will eat more greens in the future. I haven't in the past. I eat a lot of rice or potatoes, and dairy (including eggs). I cycle between eating vast amounts of fruit and candy/chocolate/ice cream.
*I brush my teeth at least daily and floss 2-3x/week.
*I use a soft-bristle brush.
*I changed toothpastes a few months ago.
*What are the best nutrients for gum health? Which foods can I find them in? I am willing to eat nearly anything vegetarian.
*What else can I do, besides editing my eating habits? Is there anything besides brushing and flossing? I don't like mouth rinses because they taste like alcohol, but I'd love to hear about effective home remedies.
*Please help me pick a toothpaste. It looks like some people think SLSs are bad things, and some people think fluoride is a bad thing. Me, I don't want artificial sweetners in my toothpaste. What do *YOU* think is the best toothpaste option for preventing cavities and plaque?
*Will this gum bleeding go away, how do I speed up the process? Should I keep brushing my gums even though it makes them bleed?