Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Brunette woman with bleeding gums covers her mouth with her hands in embarrassment

It can be distressing to see blood in the sink after you finish brushing your teeth. Although you shouldn’t panic, you need to be aware that this often indicates gum disease. But the good news is that there are ways you can correct and treat this problem. Here is some information on what to do if you notice your gums are bleeding.

Gum Disease & Bleeding Gums

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue. This irritation causes reddish, swollen, and tender gums that bleed easily. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can worsen into a condition called periodontitis, which affects the bone beneath the gumline. This can lead to irreversible problems like bone and tooth loss. This is why we encourage patients to take the early signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums, very seriously.

What to Do If Your Gums Are Bleeding

If your teeth bleed when you brush or floss, this likely indicates you have early-stage gum disease. This doesn’t mean you should stop brushing or flossing; quite the opposite, in fact! Daily dental diligence is the key to preventing many oral health problems, including gum disease. You need to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss every day. You may notice that when you are better at keeping up this daily oral care routine, your gums stop bleeding. This is a sign of progress. We also recommend regularly rinsing with an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash, drinking plenty of water, eating a nutritious diet, chewing only sugar-free gum, and avoiding tobacco products. If your gums are still bleeding, or if it’s been longer than six months since we saw you for a checkup, schedule a visit to our office.

Restore Your Gum Health with True Dental!

Genetic and hormonal factors can contribute to bleeding gums and gum disease, but this doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. If you have bleeding gums, please let us know. We want to help get you on the path to healthy gums and teeth. Contact us today.

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