Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss? There are many reasons your gums could bleed.

In some cases, bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. If your gums bleed easily or bleed when you brush, then make an appointment with our office to evaluate your oral health. The good news is that gingivitis is reversible and preventable.

Some bleeding is normal. For example, if you’ve just started a new flossing routine, your gums may bleed at first as they get used to cleaning between the teeth. This usually goes away on its own in about a week. Some pregnant women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Gums also may bleed a little when brushing or flossing regularly. Also, if you take blood thinners, these medications may cause your gums to bleed. Contact your physician if the bleeding does not stop naturally. Your gums could also be bleeding if you brush too hard. Try an extra-soft or soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth. This may alleviate the bleeding.

If your gums bleed regularly or enough to worry you, make an appointment with us or your physician. It could be a sign that something else is wrong.

The best medicine is always prevention. Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular dental visits.

If you or someone you know suffers from bleeding gums, please call our office, we love to help.

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