Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

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Teeth infographic. Gum disease stages. Editable vector illustration in modern style. Medical concept in natural colors on a light green background. Keep your teeth healthy!

Dr. Jacqueline Butler Mitchell, DDS

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that something is wrong in your mouth.  While we may brush bleeding gums under the rug and assume that we are brushing and flossing to aggressively, healthy gums shouldn’t bleed easily. 

Over 80% of people have experienced bleeding gums occasionally.  Certain medications and poorly fitting oral appliances can cause some bleeding to occur, but more than likely, your gums are bleeding due to plaque being left around your teeth and not being properly cleaned and removed near the gum line.

What Can Cause Bleeding Gums?

 Brushing your teeth and gums to hard with a hard bristle toothbrush.

 Certain medications such as blood thinners can cause your gums to bleed easier.

 Flossing for beginners can cause your gums to bleed but should stop after a few times of flossing.

 Pregnant women may experience bleeding gums when brushing due to hormonal changes.

 Gingivitis is one on the most common reasons for bleeding gums and is the beginning stage of gum disease.

How to Prevent Bleeding Gums

 Proper brushing twice daily with a soft bristle toothbrush.

 Floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime.

 Schedule regular 6 moth checkups with your dentist for professional cleanings.

Bleeding gums are never natural.  If you are seeing a bit of pink in the sink when brushing your teeth, I would recommend you talk to your dentist for additional tips on proper oral hygiene.

I hope this Tooth Talk has helped and if you have questions call or email me at Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email dr.jmitchell@integritydentalcares.com with any questions you may have.

This article originally appeared in The Tennessee Tribune.

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