It’s common to notice hints of blood when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, but if bleeding from the gums persists you may have a serious problem. Bleeding gums occur for many different reasons and shouldn’t be ignored.
The biggest cause of bleeding gums is plaque buildup along the gum line. Plaque that is not removed in a timely manner hardens into tartar and causes them to bleed, leading to gum disease. From gingivitis to simply changing your oral care routine, bleeding gums occur for many other reasons. Below are the most common causes of bleeding gums.
- Flossing: If you’re new to flossing, you’ll notice bleeding but it should only last for about a week.
- Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and when it affects you, your gums may become swollen, tender, and will sometimes bleed during brushing.
- Medication: Your gums may be bleeding due to blood thinning medications, which leads to easier bleeding.
- New Toothbrush: A new toothbrush will cause bleeding gums, as well as switching from a soft-bristled toothbrush to a firm-bristled toothbrush.
- Pregnancy: An effect of pregnancy, or pregnancy gingivitis, are swollen gums.
There are several steps you can take to prevent bleeding gums:
- Keep up with your oral health: Take proper care of your healthy smile by brushing at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Visit your dentist regularly to ensure you maintain your healthy smile!
- Switch toothbrushes: If you’re using a hard or medium-bristled toothbrush, switch to something softer. Even though harder bristled toothbrushes seem to clean your teeth better, they can harm your teeth and gums in other ways.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Foods high in sugars and carbohydrates increase your risk for tooth and gum problems. Eat sweets in moderation and brush after consumption.
If you have a concern regarding bleeding gums, make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today.