It’s normal to experience some bleeding while you’re brushing your teeth but if you’re noticing traces of red in the sink while you brush your teeth all the time, you could have bleeding gums. It’s common to poke your gums with the bristles of your toothbrush or bleed from flossing, but constant bleeding of the gums could mean serious problems for your teeth and gums.
Bleeding gums are caused by a high number of things, including brushing too hard, a vitamin deficiency, blood disorders, mouth sores, dentures that don’t fit, taking blood thinners, or other medical problems such as diabetes and heart disease. However, bleeding gums can also be an indicator of gum disease. Only a dentist or medical professional can diagnose the root cause of your bleeding gums, so don’t take it upon yourself to self-diagnose.
It is hard to determine if you have gum disease as it is not painful or noticeable at first glance. Bleeding gums are normally the first indicator of gum disease, followed by these other signs: swollen gums, tenderness of the gums, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, and receding gums. Be aware of the symptoms of gum disease to help catch it early.
Without regular dental checkups and cleanings, it becomes difficult to treat and prevent gum disease so visit your dentist regularly. In between doctor visits, we recommend taking the following steps to slow down the progression of gum disease. Start with using a soft toothbrush, try and floss at least once a day if not after every meal, eat a healthier diet and limit snacking, drink more water, and finally, stay away from tobacco products. Even lowering your stress level can improve the health of your gums.
If you have bleeding gums, it may be time to make an appointment with your dentist. If it’s been a while since your last dental checkup, make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.