Bleeding gums can be a sign of many oral health complications. Bleeding gums can be caused by improper oral care like brushing too vigorously or not flossing enough, but it can also be caused by infection in the gums which may indicate early signs of gum disease.
Why Do Gums Bleed?
A common reason gums may bleed is because of improper oral care. Most commonly it can be because you brush your teeth too hard or use a toothbrush that is too rough on your gums. Make sure to use a soft-bristled brush unless otherwise advised and make sure to be gentle while brushing. Bleeding gums may also be caused by improper flossing technique or even going to long without flossing.
It can be easy to cut your gums when flossing so, it is important to be careful while doing so. Also, if you go a long enough time without flossing, it can cause bleeding, so it is necessary to floss at least twice a day to strengthen your gums.
Is It Gum Disease?
If bleeding continues after brushing or does not become better over time, it could be a sign of early gum disease. Gum disease is caused when the bacteria in the mouth infect the gums and causes irritation. Other signs to look out for if you think you may have early gum disease are tenderness and redness. It may be likely that you have gum disease if these symptoms are also present or bleeding continues over the course of a few days.
As soon as you notice bleeding gums, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Bleeding gums can indicate serious dental problems, and if left unchecked, those problems develop into irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. We will be able to evaluate the cause of your bleeding gums and offer solutions to the problem.