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Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Closeup of a woman having her teeth and gums examined at the dentist to check for gum disease

Bleeding gums are not uncommon. However, it is usually a sign of potential health issues. Here are some things that can cause bleeding gums.

  1. Aggressively Brushing Your Teeth
  2. One cause for bleeding gums is using too much pressure while brushing your teeth, particularly if you use a vigorous sawing motion. More pressure doesn’t equal cleaner teeth; too much pressure can irritate your gums and erode your enamel. Brushing your teeth should feel like a gentle massage and not cause any damage.

    Also make sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Medium or firm bristles can be too rough for your gums. If you know you struggle with brushing too hard with your manual toothbrush, consider an electric toothbrush. Many electric toothbrushes have sensors that prohibit brushing too hard.

  3. Insufficient Flossing
  4. If you haven’t flossed in a while, it could cause bleeding gums. Once you get into a regular flossing routine, then the bleeding should stop.

    It’s important to floss every day to remove bacteria and food particles from between your teeth and from under your gumline. Otherwise, this debris will build up, causing your gums to become inflamed, irritated, and prone to bleeding.

  5. Gingivitis
  6. Gingivitis, or early-stage gum disease, is gum inflammation caused by plaque and bacteria irritating the area. It’s essential to take care of this issue while it’s still in the beginning phases. If you allow it to progress, it can cause serious dental problems like infection and tooth loss.

    Gum disease is easy to treat in its early stages by: brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time; flossing every day; drinking plenty of water; consuming a balanced diet low in sugar; and visiting Lybrook Dental Center for routine cleanings and checkups.

  7. Pregnancy Gingivitis
  8. Bleeding gums can be a side effect of pregnancy. It’s not unusual for pregnant women to have temporary gingivitis. This can happen for several reasons, such as: the fluctuating hormones that occur during a pregnancy; vomiting due to morning sickness; and an increase in dietary carbohydrates (which feed oral bacteria).

Treatment for Bleeding Gums

Your bleeding gums could also indicate an underlying health condition not aforementioned that requires professional diagnosis and treatment. So if you experience chronic gum pain, redness, or bleeding, schedule an appointment at Lybrook Dental Center, your dentist in Fruita, CO.

Untreated oral issues can lead to severe problems, so please take the time to get a biannual dental exam and professional cleaning. Our team will examine your oral cavity and discuss your oral health history to determine the cause of and best treatment plan for your bleeding gums.

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