Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Why-Do-My-Gums-BleedDo you suffer from gums that bleed easily, maybe even when you just simply brush your teeth? 

You are not alone.  Lots of people ask themselves, “Why do my gums bleed?” and there are a few reasons why it could be happening.

One reason why your gums may bleed is that you are just brushing too hard.  You should be using a lighter touch and brushing in a circular motion. Also, be sure to have a toothbrush that has soft bristles.  Even if you like a little stiffer bristle, it’s best to use a soft brush.  The intention of a soft brush is so that we don’t harm our enamel and gum tissue while brushing.  Believe it or not, you can damage your enamel and gums enough to cause problems if using a firm bristled brush or brushing too hard.

If you find that your gums bleed while flossing, it could be that you just started flossing and it’s somewhat of a shock to your gums. Once you get in a regular routine of flossing, bleeding should subside.  It could also be your technique.  Slide the floss between your teeth in an up and down motion, then bring it up to the gumline and wrap the floss around the base of your tooth (at the gumline), go under your gum gently and back down.  Use a clean section of floss for each tooth you floss between. Try to make it a daily practice and after a while, you won’t think anything of it and it will just be a natural part of your day.

If you haven’t flossed in a while or at all and your mouth hygiene isn’t the best, bleeding gums could be a sign of gingivitis which is the start of periodontal disease.  Perio disease affects your gums and the bone support of your teeth which could end up in tooth loss.  It only takes a few minutes and it’s inexpensive to brush and floss as compared to the cost and time of treating periodontal disease or possibly replacing lost teeth.

Other reasons for gums that bleed easily could be medically related.  Things like taking blood thinners or pregnancy can have an effect on your gum tissue and make you more prone to bleeding.

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If you do have gums that bleed easily, be sure to check in with your dentist and hygienist to find out why this may be happening or what you can do to improve the situation and be sure to brush and floss properly every day to maintain a healthy mouth.

Information compiled from WebMD, the ADA and staff at Szmanda Dental Center 2014
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