Periodontal disease

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Have your gums ever started bleeding as you were brushing or flossing your teeth? If so, you probably wondered whether or not it is normal for gums to bleed. Although it is common for people to experience bleeding gums, it isn’t healthy or desirable. Read on to learn about several factors that could cause your gums to bleed, and how to improve your gum health.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

The exact reasons why gum bleeding occurs varies from person to person. Here are some of the issues that can result in gum bleeding:

  • Buildup of plaque, which produces toxins that irritate and inflame gums
  • Gum disease
  • Brushing too hard and/or with a firm toothbrush
  • Inconsistent flossing
  • Certain medications
  • Pregnancy gingivitis
  • Diabetes

How to Prevent Your Gums From Bleeding

The best and simplest way to prevent your gums from bleeding is to maintain good oral health habits every day. Caring for your mouth will prevent plaque from building up on your teeth and under your gums, thereby protecting your gums from irritation and inflammation. Be sure to brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss at least once a day, drink plenty of water, chew only sugar-free gum, eat a balanced diet, and avoid all tobacco products. Additionally, consider regularly swishing your mouth with an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash or a warm saltwater rinse.

If you think your medications might be the case, you should consult your doctor first before changing what or how much you take. They’ll be able to guide you to alternatives that won’t compromise your overall health.

Consult with Our Expert Team!

Tried everything and still have bleeding gums? We can help! Our team can take a look at what’s going on and provide you with some solutions to restore your smile’s health. We’re also happy to walk you through proper brushing and flossing habits so you can be confident that you’re doing the best for your oral wellness. Contact Rocky Ridge Dental today.

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